“Mindless vandals” strike at Keptie Pond again

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A LOCAL councillor has slammed “mindless vandals” who caused damage and destruction at an Arbroath beauty spot.

Councillor David Fairweather was speaking out after Keptie Pond was targeted again, with this time a picnic bench being removed and dumped in the water.

And he has warned that such acts of vandalism should not be tolerated and that they are unacceptable.

He said: “This is just mindless vandalism and I am in no doubt that on this occasion there is more than one person responsible.

“Vandalism like this is unacceptable and I would ask if anybody sees this happening to contact the police.”

It is not the first time that the area around Keptie Pond has been damaged.

Earlier this year rubbish including a pram, plywood and other litter were dumped in the water despite the pond being home to a wide range of wildlife.

And Councillor Fairweather added that damage done to the pond means additional expense for Angus Council.

He added: “A lot of families go down there to walk and feed the ducks and we shouldn’t allow this to happen.

“People carrying out these acts should remember that it costs money to clean up after vandals and it is the council tax payers who are being forced to pick up the bill.”

Currently £46,000 of Common Good money is being spent to establish a borehole at the pond to try and put a stop to the algae that forms on the water during the warm summer months.