DEN vandalism is condemned

Councillor Jeanette Gaul
Councillor Jeanette Gaul

Vandals have once again caused havoc in the centre of Kirriemuir, this time targeting the paddling pool area in the Den.

Almost two months after several headstones were vandalised in Kirriemuir Cemetery, vandals have turned their attention to the popular beauty spot in the centre of town.

PC Gail Beattie of Police Scotland told last month’s meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council that the pump which works the paddling pool in the Den has been vandalised, lights have been broken and an attempted entry was made to the bandstand and the toilets.

She said extra Police attention had been given to both the Den and the Hill and that problems had been identified at the small car park at the back of the BMX track on the hill.

Condemning those responsible for the recent vandalism in the Den, Angus councillor Jeanette Gaul said their actions were “unacceptable.”

She stated this will only deplete council funds which could be better used in the community and she welcomed the news that the Den and the Hill areas were to be given priority policing.

Her condemnation was backed by councillor Ronnie Proctor who expressed his disappointment at the recent vandalism and the costs which the council will incur.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) a spokesman for Angus Council said: “We’re aware of this latest needless act of vandalism in Kirriemuir and are currently assessing the cost of repair – a cost the public purse could well do without.

“The matter has been reported to Police Scotland and we would urge anyone who has information that could help trace those responsible to contact the

To date those responsible for the vandalism at the cemetery, which saw numerous headstones knocked to the ground, are still being sought.

The headstone were targeted at the beginning of October with Angus Council describing the incident as a “despicable act of destruction”.

Anyone who can help the Police with their enquiries is urged to phone 101, or speak to any police officer.