Vandalism at a popular North-east park has forced a cafe to postpone its new year opening.
Several pieces of machinery were broken and locks damaged at Aden Country Park last month – landing the Mintlaw beauty spot with a repair bill in excess of £50,000
In a social media post, disappointed cafe staff confirmed there was now no timetable for the reopening.
The building is owned by Aberdeenshire Council but has been sublet to Joanna Gall, who also runs the Saplinbrae Hotel in Mintlaw.
Ms Gall said: “It was disappointing for us as Aden Country Park is a very popular destination.
“We had our windows smashed and they are currently boarded up, so it doesn’t look very appealing to customers.
“Our doors were also damaged so we are making sure they are safe before reopening too.
“We are in discussions with the council on the replacement and fitting of the windows, and about the timetable for that.
“We will be keeping people up to date about our reopening via our Facebook page.”
Last month, three teenagers, two aged 13 and one 14, were reported to the Youth Management Unit in connection with 11 alleged thefts at the Mintlaw park.
Councillors for the area hit out over the damage at the cafe.
Cllr Norman Smith, who represents Central Buchan, where the park is located, said: “It is very unfortunate that the cafe is still closed at the moment.
“Due to the break-in and damage in December it will not be able to reopen as planned.
“We will, however, get it fixed as soon as we can so it can reopen, but there was some specialised glass that was damaged last month and this needs to be replaced first.”
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “Plans to reopen on January 13 have been put back as the windows are currently boarded up.
“We ask people to keep an eye on the Cafe at Aden Facebook page for the latest information.”