A councillor has hit out at vandals after a north-east primary school’s garden was targeted for the third time.
Ann Ross, who represents Banchory and Mid-Deeside, slammed the perpetrators after Hill of Banchory’s eco-garden was damaged at the weekend.
The gate had been knocked off its hinges, with the fence also taking a beating from the vandals.
Glass bottles had been smashed and mixed in with the bark on the ground of the garden.
Vandals previously struck in February, with another incident around a month ago.
Councillor Ross said: “I heard about this from the chair of the parent council.
“They advised me that the garden had been vandalised yet again. This is the third time this has happened to my knowledge.
“It’s really upsetting for all the children.
“What really gets me is that it’s actually affecting innocent children.
“There’s bottles and glass smashed, which has mixed in with the bark and the gate has been kicked off its hinges. The gate has been broken.
“It’s really, really disappointing.
“The parent council, teachers and volunteers put everything back together after the previous incident.”
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The incident has since been reported to police, who have now opened an investigation into the vandalism.
Councillor Ross said: “The school and the parent council are working closely with the police and they are patrolling the area as well.
“They’ve been very good and very proactive, especially after the last incident.”
According to the councillor, the head teacher at the school took the decision to remove the roof of a structure in the garden, in the hope of stemming the problem of young people congregating there and potentially causing damage – but the measure appears not to have worked.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “It is a shame that a space for children at Hill of Banchory Primary School has been damaged again.
“We know the school and its pupils will be very disappointed when they return from their break.”
Banchory community policing officer PC David Drysdale said: “We’d encourage anyone with information to report this to police on 101.”