Vandals removed a lifesaving defibrillator during a North-east beer festival – leading organisers to “strongly condemn” their actions.
Mungo and Guy Finlayson, who run Beer at the Barn, urged those responsible for the incident at The Barn in Banchory to come forward.
The event took place last weekend over two nights with around 1,000 people in attendance.
It was the brothers’ first event of 2018, but during the festival on Saturday evening, the culprits removed the donated equipment from its casing.
It was later found in a nearby car park, next to a supplier’s van.
Festival operations director Mungo today called for the culprit to come forward.
He said: “We strongly condemn whoever has done this. People come to our events to enjoy themselves and leave without any trouble.
“We don’t want this associated with our events as this is not the normal people that we attract.
“I phoned the police as soon as we knew it was missing. This is life-saving equipment that has been taken out.
“It isn’t an easy casing to get into so they haven’t just accidently opened it.
“It was found next to one of our suppliers vans later that evening.
“The equipment looks like it has been thrown about.”
The brothers have asked anyone with information to get in touch.
The pair also run other events including the Inverurie Beer Festival and OriGINS.
Mungo added: “We are very disappointed that this has happened at one of our events.
“This was our 14th event and we have only ever had one arrest, people come to have fun and have anything like this happen.
“It is really disappointing that someone has done this to the life-saving equipment.
“We understand that the equipment is being looked at, I don’t know if it is broken but for the time being it is out of use.
“If something was to happen, it wouldn’t be able to get used and it was a donation to the local community.
“We would want anyone with information to come forward.”