A historic phone box in a conservation area in Upper Denby has been vandalised in a mystery attack.
Residents have been left disheartened after discovering that several windows have been forced out of the bold pillar box red booth, which stands in Denby Lane.
The k6 design kiosk is one of three left in the area and was restored by the Denby Dale Parish Council in 2010 after BT launched an adoption programme to transfer the cost of keeping them to local authorities.
Residents and parish councillors have worked for over 30 years to safeguard its future, even fighting off an attempt in the 1970s by BT to replace it with a more modern glass cubicle.
Although the phone was eventually removed due to lack of use it was re-decorated and has been used by residents waiting at a nearby uncovered bus stop.
Denby Lane resident Winifred Wheable-Archer, who lives opposite the telephone box, said: “What has happened to it is really sad and I can only imagine that it was done by someone or some people with very low self esteem.
Winifred, 94, said: “I have spent a long time trying to make sure we keep the kiosk well-preserved and it has disheartened members of the community.
“I don’t know what will happen now but I hope that the issue will be brought up at the parish council and I hope that some money can be found to replace the glass and restore it because it’s an important piece of our heritage.”
Around 80,000 red telephone boxes, which were also referred to as K2 to K6 models, were introduced by the Post Office from 1924 across the United Kingdom up until around the 1970s.
The cast iron and teak door constructions were then phased out in favour of more modern aluminium red K8 models and the later black, grey and transparent designs.
In 2012 BT said that only 11,000 of the 51,500 remaining public kiosks are traditional red boxes, a number expected to decrease as demand dwindles.
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