It’s a sign of our times: Thieves prise clock from historic Newcastle town centre building
Although their exact motives are unknown, Police believed the clocks could have been targeted by metal thieves with the on selling their copper faces on as scrap.
A huge hole now remains on the side of the tower where the clock was once displayed.
The Co-op store closed in December last year and there are plans in place to convert the Art Deco-style building into a major new leisure complex.
The building, which opened in 1932, boasted 64,000sq ft of space, including the a four-room entertainment suite called the Rainbow Rooms on the third floor.
The rooms closed in 1998 despite a campaign to keep them open.
The building is a landmark in the city and has been a familiar shopping destination for generations.
With its twin towers, sweeping curves, huge windows with impressive views across the city, the building was once Newcastle’s most elegant shopping outlet.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: ‘At 6pm last night police received a report that two men appeared to be dismantling the clocks on the side of the Co-op building, on Newgate Street.
‘Neighbourhood officers are carrying out enquiries and working with the owner of the building.’
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