Police are appealing for witnesses after a primary school garden was vandalised.
Officers were called to Hill of Banchory Primary School on Thursday when the incident was reported.
A shed, poly tunnel and outer wall of a classroom have been vandalised, with “offensive” graffiti painted on an outdoor classroom bench.
Litter had also been thrown across the playground.
Police believe that the incident took place between Friday June 15 and Monday June 18.
Officers are looking to hear from anyone with anymore information.
PC Christopher Donald, of the Banchory Community Policing Team, said: “It is beyond belief that anyone would be so cruel as to vandalise a well-used garden that is much loved by the local children who use it. Such despicable behaviour will not be tolerated and inquiries are ongoing to identify the person, or people, responsible.
“Did you notice any suspicious activity in the area on the dates in question?”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.