Beach vandals strike again

Stock'Police Constables walking the beat around Leith.'Police patrol.'Police Officers'Crime.
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The blight of vandalism continued last week in the face of public outrage as another Carnoustie sea front spot was targeted.

On Thursday evening the Rest Gardens on Links Parade were vandalised with three shrub beds being ripped out and strewn around the grassed area, road and car park.

Around 20 of the shrubs, are understood to still be missing and will not be replaced as they are now out of season.

Angus Council reacted quickly and on Friday morning were able to re-plant the recovered shrubs in a few hours.

A council spokesperson confirmed that there was more vandalism to the area last week and has urged anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or the council’s customer service team on 08452 777 778.

Although the cost of the missing shrubs is estimated to be at a trade price of just over £50, public reaction to yet another instance of mindless destruction has been strong.

In response to a tweet by PC Steve Wilson on Thursday evening the following posts were made on the OurCarnoustie Facebook page.

Amy Sutherland wrote: “It is disgusting how selfish and inconsiderate these idiots are! Hope they get caught soon!”

Clive Goldstraw added: “There is no excuse for this behaviour.. It is totally unacceptable. However we need to engage these youngsters in a positive way. They need a place to go, things to do.

“Teenagers have always drunk, so this is not new, we don’t know if drink or drugs were indeed a factor in this vandalism. CCTV, community warden and police patrols need to take place regularly. Carnoustie is a beautiful place to live and we need to keep it that way. Hopefully in the light of day these vandals come forward and take responsibility for their actions.”

Earlier this month an estimated £3,000 of damage was caused to the Sandy Sensations beach playpark with benches destroyed and the paddling pool damaged, prompting the 19th Hole to put up a reward for £500 for information leading to those responsible.