THE owner of a world-famous museum has spoke about his mixed emotions after criminal damage was caused to the iconic building’s entrance.

On the evening of Friday 3rd May a window at the front of Ulverston’s Laurel & Hardy Museum was smashed, which has left owner Mark Greenhow feeling disappointed, annoyed, but also relieved.

The site, on Brogden Street, is a huge draw to incoming South Lakes tourists and provides various exhibitions and rare memorabilia from one of Britain's most famous comedy duos.

Mr Greenhow said: "I've been the owner for 10 years after taking over from my family.

"This is the first time we've had an incident like this.

"Although I'm disappointed and annoyed, I also feel quite relieved because it could have been worse.

"It seems it was just mindless vandalism rather than any intent to enter the property.

"There is a lot of costumes from the duo's popular films within the venue, which were actually worn by both Laurel and Hardy.

"We also have signed autographs and loads of other rare items.

"So, all in all I'm actually fairly happy it was only a smashed window.

"However, the thought of someone breaking in and maliciously stealing from us is worrying.

"There are items within the museum which someone could easily fit in their pockets and take away."

Mr Greenhow praised how quickly police were on the scene to investigate the criminal damage to the famous site.

He said: "I was really happy about how quickly the police responded to our call.

"I believe they were dealing with another incident within the area.

"It happened in the evening and we had a film showing at the Roxy Cinema, which is within the museum space.

"So, although not ideal at that time of night, I'd like to thank my staff for helping."

Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward or anyone with any information to call 101.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.