Community furious after vandal attacks

Councillor Ann Ross described the vandalism as "totally unacceptable"
Councillor Ann Ross described the vandalism as "totally unacceptable"

Police and community leaders have condemned vandals following two separate incidents in Banchory.

Windows were smashed in Banchory Primary School and vehicles were damaged in the Watson Street area of the town earlier this month.

Police are currently seeking witnesses to both incidents.

A total of eight windows were broken at the primary school between 8am on Saturday, February 10, and 8am the following morning.

The damage has been estimated at more than £1000.

Commenting on the incident, PC Cameron Donald said: “This mindless vandalism will not only be costly to repair but will impact on the community.

“It is completely unacceptable and we are urging anyone with information or who saw anything unusual or suspicious over the weekend to get in touch with us on 101.”

Meanwhile, the vandalism in the Watson Street area occurred between Friday, February 9, and the following morning.

At least three vehicles were targeted and were left with minor damage.

The vandalism has been denounced in the local community.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside Councillor Ann Ross said: “It’s incredibly disappointing and sad that such mindless vandalism has taken place in Banchory.

“Deliberate destruction or damage to either public or private property is totally unacceptable.

“It is distressing for the people who have been affected and the consequences of vandalism are profound. Banchory is a fantastic cohesive community, and this sort of selfish behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Banchory Community Council chair Mary Lennox added: “It’s really disaappointing that this has happened.

“It is to be hoped the police identify the culprits quickly.”