Sickening spate of vandalism in St Vigeans

An overturned gravestone at St Vigeans Cemetery.
An overturned gravestone at St Vigeans Cemetery.

A local St Vigeans man and clean up campaigner has expressed his disgust at the acts of vandalism which took place last week.

Overnight, between August 3 and 4, gravestones were toppled in the cemetery, a sign was removed and discarded and rubble was placed in the road, along with grit from the box store.

Another headstone at an angle.

Another headstone at an angle.

Organiser of the St Vigeans clean up and conservation network Ralph Coutts said: “Over the last few years vandalism in St Vigeans has been on the increase, and, despite a few articles like these, nothing has changed. I feel policing has all but disappeared and the last time I spoke to community wardens, they didn’t even know there was a problem. I started the network to better an area that has been left behind due to years of neglect by the Council. This latest blow is a tough one to take. This is what breeds apathy within good communities. I would call on councillors to look at this and past problems and work more closely with Police Scotland. I myself have lost all faith in policing in the area.”

Councillor Donald Morrison, Convener of Communities, told the Herald: “Ralph and his team have worked extremely hard. It’s important that the community rallies round at times like these. Let’s hope the culprits are caught. Ralph and I have met with council officers on site on a couple of occasions to discuss what the council have done and, indeed, should be doing in the future.”

Grit from the box strewn on the road

Grit from the box strewn on the road

The D&A 'The Glebe' sign's usual position

The D&A 'The Glebe' sign's usual position

Where the D&A sign was discarded

Where the D&A sign was discarded

The broken stones left in the road with the yellow grit box visible in the background.

The broken stones left in the road with the yellow grit box visible in the background.