Residents were forced to scale a wall to leave their building after police officers damaged their front door during a raid -and then failed to fix it.
After weeks of not locking at all, the electronic lock on the entrance to the block of flats jammed shut last week forcing people to scale a 6ft garden wall to exit the building.
Caitlin Anderson, 21, witnessed police battering in the main entrance to the flats, on Aberdeen’s Portland Street, on March 29. But, more than a month on, she had been unable to get police to facilitate fixing the broken door.
Caitlin said: “It was bad enough with the door just wide open for weeks, it’s just not safe. But then the secure lock, which was damaged along with the door in the raid, locked shut.
“My neighbours had to go into the back garden and scale a wall, with a big drop on one side, just to get out of the building to go to work. If there had been a fire or some kind of emergency it would have been a nightmare.”
A joiner was sent to the premises on the day of the raid and repaired the flat door where the raid took place. But Caitlin said police told her repairing the communal door was not their problem.
She said: “They told me if I had flooding from a burst pipe I wouldn’t call them, I’d call a plumber. I just assumed they had a responsibility to at least send someone to fix the door they broke in their raid.”
A landlord for another property in the building managed to get a joiner out to fix the door and lock last week.
Inspector Karlyne Rout, North East Division Business Support Unit, said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a search warrant was executed at an address in the Portland Street area of Aberdeen on March 29.
“As a result of forced entry, slight damage was caused to the front communal door.
“There was a misunderstanding regarding who owned the property and we are now aware action was not taken to fix the door, We apologise for any inconvenience.”