Drowned World War Two village emerges from the mud after the summer’s heatwave lowered water levels only to be VANDALISED

A DROWNED village which emerged from the mud has been vandalised.

Yobs scrawled names and dates into historic stonework and yanked bricks away.

As well as names being scratched into the walls, bricks have been taken from the 1940s village
As well as names being scratched into the walls, bricks have been taken from the 1940s village
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The village of Derwent has been vandalised after reemerging from its muddy bed
The village of Derwent has been vandalised after re-emerging from its muddy bed
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The village of Derwent emerges from the mud after being flooded to help WWII Dambusters practice
The village of Derwent emerges from the mud after being flooded to help WWII Dambusters practice
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Derwent’s old pump house was among the buildings revealed
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Derwent and Ashopton in Derbyshire were flooded in the 1940s to create Ladybower Reservoir.

But the summer heatwave lowered its water levels, and the eerie remains of Derwent were visible again — attracting thousands of visitors. However authorities are furious after vandals daubed graffiti over them — with names “Cheryl” and “Steve” scratched into historic brickwork.

Steve Rowe, of the nearby Edale Mountain Rescue Team, said: “There’s a fair amount of graffiti and defacement on the ruins.

“It’s a huge part of our history and now Cheryl and Steve have scratched their names in the rock.

“We need to look after it.”

People have also been picking stones out of the brickwork and throwing them into the mud.

Ladybower Reservoir was used to train the Dambusters in World War Two.

Yesterday officials warned the huge number of visitors to be careful as several have recently got stuck. Rescuers said the mud was like “rice pudding with skin on. It looks solid but it’s not”.

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