A shelter at Arbroath’s Victoria Park has been seriously damaged by vandals for a third time in a matter of days, with the latest incident costing the taxpayer over £1000.
The historic park, which is popular with nature lovers, dog walkers and outdoor enthusiasts has been the target of vandals on a number of occasions over recent years, with drivers damaging grassed areas, forcing the local authority to erect wooden barriers.
Previously, the iconic pillars at the entrance to the park had been ‘tagged’ with paint as part of a spate of vandalism in the town involving spray paint.
The latest incident involved a bin next to the shelter being set on fire, which completely destroyed it.
One angry dog walker took to social media to vent her outrage, posting: “My husband goes to war and pays extortionate taxes for the likes of the pond scum who thought it was ok to do this!”
Wooden seating within the shelter was also destroyed, and walls suffered significant damage, leaving brickwork exposed, with some speculating that a heavy tool such as a sledgehammer was used in the attack.
However, it has been confirmed that the damage was caused by youths who were caught in the act.
A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Vandalism is both senseless and disgraceful.
“Every act of vandalism whether it’s breaking something, graffiti or another act, not only costs the taxpayer money but it spoils things for others.
“In this instance the damage will cost over £1000 to repair.
“Our officer challenged the youths at the weekend who were vandalising the shelters and we are in touch with Police Scotland with inquiries.”
Despite this, a police press officer said they had no record of the crime.
Arbroath East and Lunan Independent Councillor Lois Speed said: “I have been down to the Victoria Park and I’m absolutely horrified at the mindless act of vandalism and damage that has been done, and I couldn’t quite believe just how ruined the seating area is.
“This has been a very savage and selfish act of vandalism that I just can’t comprehend.
“I understand that youths were involved, but I want to take this opportunity to stress that the vast majority of our young citizens are responsible, and a credit to our communities – we cannot tar everyone with the same brush.
“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and help police with their enquiries. “This type of behaviour is unwanted and cannot be tolerated.”