Fury over country park vandalism

Balmedie Country Paerk where vandals have caused  damage of more than �1,000.
Balmedie Country Paerk where vandals have caused damage of more than �1,000.

A COUNCILLOR has urged police to take swift action to catch vandals who left a trail of damage at an Aberdeenshire beauty spot.

Balmedie Country Park was targeted twice in a week earlier this month with vandalism to car park fencing, toilet blocks and children’s play equipment.

It is estimated the bill will top £1,000 and a police investigation is under way into both incidents.

Mid-Formartine Councillor Allan Hendry labelled the vandals “morons” who gave no thought to the damage they were causing to a scenic area.

He told the Times: “This is not something new. It’s been going on for years and there has been quite a lot of damage to the country park.

“They are a bunch of morons and I hope the police catch them and they are dealt with by the courts.”

Councillor Hendry said he believed those responsible for the damage being caused to the country park were not local people and were possibly teenagers from outside the area.

He added: “I would like to think the new Police Scotland will have their finger on the pulse and catch the culprits.”

The vandals struck twice within the space of a few days.

Police confirmed they were investigating the incidents and appealed for any witnesses.

A spokesman said anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Repairs have been carried out to the damaged areas.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokeswoman said : “Two incidents of vandalism have been reported at Balmedie Country Park over the last week.

“At some point between Thursday 4 and Friday April 5 substantial sections of car park fencing were removed, recycling bins were knocked over and a bin from the ladies toilet block was vandalised.

“During the following weekend more fencing was pulled out and two gates on the site were damaged beyond repair.

“Remedial work has been completed to tidy the site and make it safe. More extensive repairs will be carried out as soon as possible.”