£6m Elgin landmark is targeted by vandals months after opening

Landshut Bridge – vandals attack just months after opening

Vandalism has reared its ugly head in Moray for the second time in a week with community leaders left stunned after graffiti was daubed on a new bridge only months after it was opened.

Several ‘tags’ and phrases have been daubed on the Landshut Bridge in Elgin – prompting council leaders to threaten “serious security measures” if the vandalism continues.

Earlier this week insideMoray reported how vandals were destroying the will of community leaders in Lossiemouth as vandalism in the Station Park area of the town continued. Now councillors have reacted angrily to the damage being done at the £6million Bridge built as part of Elgin’s flood alleviation scheme.

“It is disappointing that such a beautiful structure has been the target of mindless vandals scrawling typically unoriginal graffiti,” the leader of Moray Council, Stewart Cree, said.

He added: “The council may look at installing CCTV if this persists – but that does seem a waste of money to deter a tiny-minded minority.”

Earlier this week police liaison officers attending the Lossiemouth Community Council said that they faced difficulties in solving crimes of vandalism and required the help of the general public.

A spokesman for the community council said: “We understand that where CCTV does exist in the town it is not always ideally placed to capture acts of vandalism such is happening in Station Park.

“Police are conducting more patrols in the area and keeping an eye on things but the help of the public is needed to clamp down on these acts of mindless destruction.”

A police spokesman said that they had not yet received any reports of vandalism to the Landshut Bridge.

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