Weekend spree of vandalism

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ACTS OF vandalism perpetrated in Arbroath over the weekend will hit local people in the pocket, stressed local councillor Donald Morrison, convener of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee.

There were three separate instances reported to police. Perhaps the most serious was a fire in which an Angus Council lockup garage in Millgate Loan was destroyed.

The outbreak was reported at around 3.40 a.m. on Saturday and was attended by Tayside Fire and Rescue. Police have launched an investigation into the fire.

Earlier that same evening officers were called to the bottom end of Brechin Road where several motor vehicles had their wing mirrors damaged.

This incident took place between 11.30 p.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Officers were deployed to the entrance to Victoria Park at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday after spray can vandals had been busy overnight.

Slogans were sprayed in red and blue on the white painted stone pillars. It is believed that the pillars may have to be completely repainted.

Tayside Police have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed or who may have information concerning any of the incident to get in touch.

A spokesman stated: “Tayside Fire and Rescue have been unable to identify a cause for the Millgate Loan fire and as such it is being treated as suspicious.

“Two males were seen in the area shortly before the incident and they may have valuable information that could help our inquiries.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0300 111 2222, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or speak to any police officer.

Councillor Morrison, who visited Victoria Park on Sunday morning, said: “After seeing this mindless vandalism all down Victoria Park by these morons, I immediately contacted the head of the department to ensure that the area is cleaned as quickly as possible.

“Sadly this is not the first time the pillars at the entrance of Victoria Park have had graffiti daubed on them in the last couple of years and the last time the pillars had to be repainted.

“Whatever the council has to do to clean up the area costs local taxpayers money and am sure residents would want the perpetrators caught so they are forced to pay for the clean-up job themselves.”

He concluded: “There are a lot of people who take pride in Arbroath and are working hard either together or individually in making the burgh a better place to visit and an enjoyable place to live.

“It is shameful there are others who have no care for someone else’s property, the community they live in or Arbroath itself.”