Yobs vandalised a north-east war memorial hours before a Remembrance Sunday service.
Police said vandals went into the World War One Memorial Garden on Dalls Lane, Brechin, and damaged a memorial to animals that died in the conflict.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is appealing for information about the vandalism of a piece of commemorative ceramic art installed in the World War One Memorial Garden in Dalls Lane, Brechin.
“It is thought to have happened between 5pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday.
“The piece is a ceramic horse saddle, created to commemorate those who died in the First World War, and in particular the eight million horses and service animals that also died in the conflict.
“This piece took the creator more than 100 hours to make, and while it was never intended for sale, would be worth over £4,000 if sold.”
She added: “In this week of remembrance, this incident has understandably angered the local community.
“Fortunately, nothing else in the garden appears to have been damaged, and the saddle itself has been removed for repairs.”
Call police on 101 with information citing reference CR/27765/18.