Almost 40 fire extinguishers have been found abandoned in an Aberdeen playpark after a break-in at a derelict school.
Thirteen of the emergency devices were dumped at the skate park in Kincorth Circle on Monday followed by a further 25 yesterday.
The extinguishers, which came from the former Kincorth Academy site, have since been removed and a police investigation launched.
Mum Martina Prout, who came across the first batch when she took her 10-year-old son to practice his skateboarding on Monday afternoon, said: “Kids using the park said that the extinguishers had been there since the previous day.
“I’m also concerned that these might be just the tip of the iceberg. There might be more hidden away to be taken out and used in the future.
“If these came out of Kincorth Academy the council needs to remove all remaining fire extinguishers from the academy to prevent this happening again.
“I’m really hoping that no individual has decided it might be a good idea to keep some to throw onto a bonfire. I hate to think what would happen if it was used on another child or teenager.”
After phoning Aberdeen City Council and reporting the discovery, she loaded them into her car and took them to Kincorth Community Centre where they were eventually collected by the waste team.
An Aberdeen pensioner was equally perplexed when he found 25 fire extinguishers in the park while walking his dog yesterday.
The 72-year-old resident, who did not want to be named, said: “There were two in the field where the children play and 23 in the skatepark.
“It’s very strange. I have seen a lot of strange things, but this one takes the biscuit.”
Graham Bennett, chairman for Kincorth and Leggart community council, said: “It is totally unreasonable and hopefully whoever has done this is caught.
“It is also a fire risk and taking these fire extinguishers away from whatever premises they came from is dangerous – a small fire can become a large one.
“I cannot understand why someone would take them and then dump them.”
Sergeant David Elrick said: “We have received a report of a disturbance at the old Kincorth Academy site and our inquiries are at a very early stage working alongside the local authority.
“Let me be very clear that antisocial behaviour of any kind will never be tolerated.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the former Kincorth Academy building has been broken into and fire safety equipment stolen.
“We are liaising with the police and the fire service over the matter.”