“No excuse” for crimes

Aboyne councillor Peter Argyle has said there is “no excuse” for the recent vandalism which has taken place in the village.

A community minibus had its windscreen broken, items were stolen from the tennis club and the bowling green was damaged.

Local groups use the bus, one of two owned by the Mid Deeside Ltd charity, to travel to venues on a weekly basis.

The minibus was parked in the community centre when damage was caused between 5pm on Saturday, August 4 and 8.30am on Monday, August 6.

The windscreen has been replaced and it now means that Deeside Community Transport, a project of the charity, could face an increase in insurance.

The project has a limited budget, with volunteers regularly holding fundraising activities throughout the year to provide extra cash.

Councillor Argyle, who is also the chairman of Mid Deeside Ltd, said: “The community bus is an important and valued service for folk in mid and upper Deeside and Donside.

“It is beyond comprehension that anyone could get pleasure from causing this damage and I can only assume they did not think about the consequences, either for users of the bus or for themselves when they are identified and charged.

“I sincerely hope that anyone who knows anything about this incident will contact the police as soon as possible. There can be no excuse for this behaviour.”

Julie Mitchell-Mehta, a committee member at Aboyne Tennis Club, also confirmed that items had been stolen from their premises on Ballater Road.

She said: “There were items taken from the first aid kit at club which affects the health and safety of all our members.

“We are taking this very seriously and have contacted the police.

We are talking to members of the community who have also been affected.

Hopefully those responsible are found.”

The theft took place between Tuesday, August 7 and Monday, August 13.

Grampian Police said that some of the items from the tennis club had been found at nearby woods.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents, contact Grampian Police or Mid Deeside Ltd on 013398 85222.