Community project vandalism

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police are seeking witnesses following several break-ins and vandalism to a community project in the Balmedie area.

The incidents all happened between Wednesday, March 2, and Saturday, March 5.

The ranger’s beach hut, sheds and a poly tunnel run by the Better Balmedie group, near the sports centre on Eigie Road, have been damaged.

Inspector Jamie Harrison, of the Formartine Community Policing team, said: “This is especially tragic as these venues are being developed by members of the community who are trying to improve facilities and are becoming increasingly frustrated by these wanton acts.

“My officers are exploring every investigative opportunity we have regarding these crimes and I have arranged for additional officers to be on patrol at key times to hopefully prevent further incidents.”

The Better Balmedie group’s Alan Jeffrey said: “Over the past few months Better Balmedie has been subjected to acts of break in, theft, wilful damage and vandalism which has required additional expense in terms of finance and time.

“I would request that if anyone has been the victim of any such acts, no matter how trivial they may seem, they be reported to the police so that an overall picture of the extent of such demeanours may be determined.

“This is the only way that the perpetrators may be apprehended and such unacceptable behaviour curtailed.”