Equipment worth thousands of pounds belonging to an Angus football club has been damaged by vandals in an early morning attack.
Police were alerted to a break-in at the grounds of Carnoustie Panmure Junior Football Club at Laing Park in the early hours of Friday morning.
Peter Glen, of the club, said he was “extremely disappointed” about what had happened. He said: “It seems a group of young people broke in at around 2am.
“They took our two lawnmowers, which are worth about £6,000 in total, and basically took them on a joy ride on the pitch.
“Fortunately the pitch is not seriously damaged but there is damage to our lawnmowers.
“These are expensive pieces of equipment which we obviously need to keep the pitch in a playable condition. We won’t know the full extent of the damage to the lawnmowers until we get the chance to have a proper look at them.
“If they are too badly damaged it would mean we have to employ someone else to cut the grass. That is money we can’t afford. We will also now be forced to spend money on more rigorous security measures at the club.”
A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed officers attended at Laing Park in response to reports of vehicle noise coming from the area.
“A motorised lawnmower had been taken from a storage container and driven around the park but was then left behind.”
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to call 101 or speak to any police officer.