Police presence at Abbey heightened

Historic target: Vandals have recently been targeting Arbroath Abbey and Tayside Police is keen to trace those responsible.

Historic target: Vandals have recently been targeting Arbroath Abbey and Tayside Police is keen to trace those responsible.

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POLICE in Arbroath are appealing for help from the community in solving a series of incidences of vandalism at a major historical landmark.

A number of cases of vandalism at Arbroath Abbey are currently under investigation by Tayside Police.

Community officer for Arbroath East PC Colin Cunningham is hoping to enlist the help of local people to identify those responsible for the damage which occurred on the evenings of March 1, 2, 20 and 21.

He said: “Since the beginning of this month there’s been four incidents of vandalism at Arbroath Abbey.

“A couple of them were at the visitor centre but now there has been a couple starting at the actual Abbey itself.

“Our concern is if they damage the building. It’s an historic building. It’s not like a modern building that you can get replacement parts for.”

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said: “I can confirm that a small pane of glass on one of the windows in the Abbot’s House was broken and repaired last week, however this could have been due to wind damage.

“The police have increased their patrols of the area after large windows were broken in the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre at the end of February.

“The broken panels have since been replaced.”

It is believed that the Abbey area is sometimes used as a drinking den and hang-out by young people and they may have information relating to the incidents.

PC Cunningham said: “We know the kids hang around in that area and they may well have information regarding the incidents.

“We are trying to discourage people from hanging about there at night and also make parents aware of what’s happening in the town.

“We are increasing patrols in that area. The purpose of those is to not just move the kids on but also to speak to them about what’s going on in the town.

“In the meantime we will be focusing our attention on the area of Arbroath Abbey and we are making inquiries into identifying the persons responsible for the vandalism.”

r Anyone with any information regarding the vandalism at Arbroath Abbey should speak to any officer or contact the police on the new non-emergency number 101.