Arbroath police officers have denied an accusation of not carrying out proper enquiries after a vandalism attempt on January 2.
Local man Duncan Young blamed Police Scotland’s local force for not following up a door to door investigation after a stone was thrown through his elderly father’s window. He said: “They took statements from me and my dad, they said they would do door to door enquiries to find out if any of my neighbours had seen or heard anything but the police never did.
“My dad is a 74-year-old pensioner with high blood pressure and other health problems and now myself and my father live in fear of this callous act of crime happening to us again. All because of our local police force not doing their job properly and yet we pay our community tax that pays their wages.
“I feel it’s short sighted of Police Scotland not to investigate this.”
Police Scotland confirmed in a statement to the Arbroath Herald that they did in fact carry out local enquiries and the investigation is ongoing. A spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers are making enquiries into a vandalism at an address in Ness Drive, Arbroath, where two windows were broken by stone throwing, between 4 a.m. and 4.15 a.m. on Friday, January 2. Officers have carried out local enquiries in the area, including door to door, to establish those responsible for the vandalism. If anyone has any further information that could assist police with their enquiries they should contact Police Scotland on 101. Alternatively information can be passed via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” Mr Young disputes this is the case: “I feel this sends out the wrong message to the general public saying ‘if you smash a window on purpose it’s ok, you won’t be prosecuted’ all because the officers couldn’t be bothered to do their job.” Police Scotland said: “Anyone who has concerns regarding the manner in which police enquiries have been carried out is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”