A north-east couple have expressed their shock after “gutless” vandals wrecked £2,500 railings within two days of them being put up.
George and Debra Youngson got so fed up with some dog walkers leaving mess on land owned by them and four other households on South Road, Peterhead, they built the railings to keep them out.
However, before the barrier went up, the couple worked with Aberdeenshire Council to ensure the fence would comply with public rights of way rules.
They also ensured the railings matched those put up by the council nearby – and that they can be removed for Peterhead Scottish Week each July, when people enjoy events in the area. Many people watched the Red Arrows air display from the land last month.
Mrs Youngson said: “The railings were put up on Thursday and, by Saturday morning, some gutless people had torn them down.
“We’ve reported it to police and they said it had to be more than one person as these were drilled into the concrete and are very heavy.
“We now have to put up the railings again and renew all the damaged parts, so God knows much it will cost in the end.”
She asked anyone with information to contact police on 101.