Tayside and Central Scotland

Probe as dozens of cars damaged by Tayside vandals

Police are investigating after more than 65 vehicles were damaged amid a spate of car vandalism in Tayside.

The damage to cars in Arbroath, Perth and Blairgowrie will cost tens of thousands of pounds to repair, officers said.

More than 20 cars were targeted in the early hours of Tuesday in Arbroath. About 15 cars were scratched in Perth on 25 April, and 30 more were damaged in Blairgowrie between 17 and 18 April.

Officers have appealed for information.

Vandals targeted dozens of vehicles in Horologe Hill, Camus Road, Lamley Terrace and St Abbs Road in Arbroath on Tuesday, with the damage in that area alone estimate to run to several thousand pounds.

A similar sum will have to be paid for repairs to the vehicles in Perth, which were in the Letham and Tulloch areas. The wilful damage to cars in Blairgowrie took place in the town centre and Rattray.

'Despicable crime'

Supt Graeme Murdoch said: "Vandalism is a despicable crime that has a damaging effect on our communities. Those who carry out such crimes clearly have no regard for those affected by their malicious acts.

"It is extremely alarming that residents across Tayside are faced with paying hundreds of pounds each, to repair damage to their vehicles.

"Vandals may think that this is a victimless crime, but they are mistaken. The impact of this crime not only has significant and unnecessary financial costs, it can also have potentially harmful emotional or even physical consequences, eroding the confidence and security of vulnerable people in our communities.

"Those responsible for these crimes should ask themselves how they would feel if their property, or that of their family, was targeted in this way."

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