A teenager has appeared in court in connection with a series of fires at an Aberdeen nature reserve.
Ryan Smith, 18, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday in relation to fires at popular beauty spot the Gramps.
The teen faced four charges of wilful fireraising and one of possession of an article with a blade or point.
Smith, whose general address was given as Aberdeen, made no plea at the hearing.
He was remanded in custody while the case was committed for further examination.
The teenager was expected to appear again within the next week.
For the last two weeks, a number of wildfires have broken out in the area, sparking more than 30 call-outs to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Police have made a number of appeals about the fires.
The teen’s arrest and subsequent charge came after police issued a plea for two dog walkers to come forward as they may have witnessed an incident on Saturday night.
Crews were called to the beauty spot on Saturday and battled “multiple seats” of fire.
Seventeen firefighters and five appliances, including a forestry unit, battled the blaze for more than two hours.