Police appeal to avoid old academy

The former Ellon Academy site has been targeted by vandals
The former Ellon Academy site has been targeted by vandals

Police are appealing for youngsters to avoid the old Ellon Academy site following alleged incidents of vandalism, break-ins and general anti-social behaviour.

Over the weekend (between Friday, May 6, and Sunday, May 8) several incidents of suspicious activity at the site were reported to officers, and patrols were launched to tackle the issue.

On two separate occasions, young people were detected in the area and four children aged between 13 and 15 have subsequently been charged for various offences and will be reported to the Youth Justice Management unit.

Sergeant Andy Sawers of the Ellon Community Policing Team said: “The school grounds are currently in a poor state and certainly not an area where any person should be.

“I cannot emphasise how dangerous the area is, and anyone who enters the site is putting themselves at serious risk. It is boarded up for a reason and I would plead with anyone, of any age, to not go near it.

“I would also like to remind anyone who attempts to enter the site or gain entry to the buildings that they could be arrested and reported for criminal offences. Likewise, anyone caught vandalising the property will also be dealt with. I would ask all parents in the area to ensure that their children are made fully aware of the dangers of such behaviour and the potential for criminal proceedings.

“I would also like to thank all members of the public who have called us on 101 or attended the Ellon Police Station personally to report incidents, and would encourage them to continue doing so.“