Vandals target Tarves Pharmacy

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TARVES’ village pharmacist has been left devastated after her shop was vandalised.

Lindsay Craig arrived at work on Monday to discover that vandals had stolen letters from the shop’s sign, leaving the words ‘are harm’ above the door.

Speaking to the Times, Ms Craig said that the attack had been preceded by snowballs being thrown, and the letters in question being tampered with.

She said: “We ignored it, but when we came in on Monday there was severe damage to the sign. It’ll probably cost around £1000 to fix, as the lettering has to be a specific font in keeping with the conservation area.

“It’s just heartbreaking. We’re pretty certain that it wasn’t children, and there does seem to be an insinuation from the way the letters have been re-arranged.”

Assistant Morag West said: “It’s a disgrace. They’ve even carefully removed the letters. Customers have been saying that it probably wasn’t kids, given how high the letters are. It feels like bullying.”

The pharmacy has previously been at the centre of local criticism following the decision by Haddo Medical Group to close the village’s surgery after the pharmacy’s opening.

Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce, who visited the pharmacy just last week, condemned the vandalism.

He said: “I am sure all right-thinking people in Tarves will condemn this vandalism. I recognise the strength of feeling in Tarves at the NHS regulations that led to the closure of the GP surgery in Tarves. However, with NHS Grampian’s decision last week, a solution is now at hand that I hope will lead to the re-opening of Tarves’ GP surgery.

“Whatever Tarves residents might think of the Scottish Government’s dispensing regulations, I hope it is clear that the events of the past few months cannot be blamed on the operators of Tarves Pharmacy, David and Lindsay Craig. They live locally, this is the only pharmacy they operate, and they are committed to serving local residents.”