Vandals damage door in historic Crown Bar's famous snug
Vandals have defaced the interior of Belfast's iconic Crown Bar.
The word "Tout" was carved into the door of one of the bar's famous snugs.
The incident, believed to have happened over the weekend, comes less than a year after the National Trust spent £300,000 restoring the Victorian-era landmark to its former glory.
A spokesman for the bar said: "Unfortunately, it's not a tradition to leave a mark, it has caused damage and we will of course make sure the woodwork is restored.
"All we ask is that our guests respect, enjoy and recognize the history of the building and treasure this unique pub as much as we do."
Councillor Jim Rodgers condemned the vandalism as "deplorable" and "sickening".
He said: "We have an increasing number of visitors and one of the places they go to is the Crown Bar.
"It costs a lot of money to keep up to date, the last thing you need is this sort of behaviour.
"It's an absolute disgrace and the individual or individuals who did this should be ashamed of themselves."
Mr Rodgers urged publicans at the Crown Bar to be alert and keep an eye on their premises.
He added: "It's one of the nicest establishments in Belfast and it's regularly visited by thousands."
Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to contact the PSNI on 101.