Appeal for help after ‘wanton vandalism’ at Speyside village park

Picking up the pieces of one of the damaged gazebos

Community leaders in a Speyside village are appealing for help in tracing those responsible for the “wanton vandalism” on a public park.

Two gazebos in Garmouth were almost completely destroyed at some point between Sunday evening and Monday morning Рdamage it has been estimated will cost around £500 to repair.

James Mackie from the Garmouth and Kingston Amenities Association said: “Three side panels in one gazebo and four in the other have been kicked out.

“Such is the force used some of the support legs were moved, while some of the panels in the gazebo up beside the bowling green were smashed up and pieces of the panels scattered around the area.

“This is pure, wanton vandalism.”

The gazebos were purchased by the Amenities Association three years ago – but were not insured, so any replacement and repair costs will need to be met by the community.

Mr Mackie said: “The park is very well used particularly in the summer with people enjoying picnics in the gazebos. It was very disheartening when I found them damaged.

“People from the village – including a number of children – spent days helping to put them up.

Association members are now appealing for help in their efforts to repair the gazebos, with volunteers being asked to contact David Mackay on 01343 870233.

Anyone who might have information on who caused the damage at the park is also being asked to help by calling the police on 101.

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