Increased vandal attacks prompts a new police appeal

Station Park damage estimated at £5000

A renewed appeal has been issued for information on a series of vandal attacks in Moray that is causing increasing concern for police and community leaders.

insideMoray reported the attack on Lossiemouth’s Station Park earlier this week when the outdoor stage had been badly damaged in what has been described as a “mindless and wanton attack” on an important community facility.

Estimates of the damage done at the park – which is the focal point each year for the Wall of Rock youth music festival in the town – have been quoted as being in the region of £5000.

A spokesman for the Lossiemouth Community Council said: “We are investigating the use of security cameras in the area but that will come at a cost – initially we have been advised to use a portable system that may be available from Moray Council.

“Police attending our monthly meeting this week are aware of the situation but it is very difficult for them to do anything unless they have evidence of who is behind the attack.”

The Convenor for Moray Council, Allan Wright, represents the Heldon and Laich ward which includes Lossiemouth. He said: “I just fail to understand how people get any pleasure out of doing these totally irresponsible and stupid things.

“The idea of CCTV can be considered and there are avenues where people like the community councils or community groups can raise funds to do that, but why should they have to? I just hope the people responsible are caught.”

In Elgin meanwhile paint daubed on the underside of the £6million Landshut Bridge is not the only vandalism suffered on the structure, as lights have also been destroyed.

Police have renewed their appeal for information on any acts of vandalism in Moray and ask that anyone with information call them on 101.

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