Vandals run riot on Gannochy Estate

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A reward has been offered to help trace vandals who caused thousands of pounds of damage and stole charity cash on an Angus country estate.

The reward has been put up by the owners of the Gannochy Estate following the incident at the weekend.

Between 10pm on Sunday and the very early hours of Monday morning eggs were stolen from a wooden container along with the money from a tin which contained donations for The Healing Hands Charity.

It is believed those responsible then made their way to the home of an elderly couple a few miles along the Glen Esk road, and threw eggs at their windows leaving them extremely scared.

The Gannochy Estate’s fishing lunch hut was also targeted with eggs and stones.

Six windows of the fishing hut were broken and it is estimated that the damages will cost the estate around £2000 to fix.

Lianne MacLennan, coordinator of The Angus Glens Moorland Group, said: “I am really shocked at this disgraceful attack vandals have made to properties in the glen. Living in such a small rural community, you don’t expect things like this to happen.

“It is really awful that people could steal from the charity egg box, it is clearly written that the money is going to charity on the wooden container but the culprits stole both the eggs and the donations already collected.

“It is horrible to think how scared the elderly couple must have been when their house was being pelted with eggs at that time of night.

“Nearly all of the fishing hut’s windows will need to be replaced and it’s door, costing thousands of pounds.”

Lianne also reported that there had also been an attempted car theft on the estate over the weekend.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Our pictures show the damaged fishing hut and the charity egg box.