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Ellon pre-school targeted by vandals


By Kirsty Brown

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Locals were angered to hear that some the Auchterellon Under-5s outdoor play equipment had sustained damage over the weekend.

A family which attends the pre-school raised the alarm after noticing the damage while passing by, and upon closer inspection the committee which runs the group found the shed lying open.

Two tins of paint had been removed from the shed and thrown over the wall, grass and play equipment including the children’s mud kitchen.

The empty tins were discarded by just being dropped next to the damage.

The shed had been found open previously, but there was no signs of vandalism or interference in those incidents.

The building was targeted with graffiti in March, just days before lockdown was implemented.

This has not been the only issue experienced by Auchterellon during lockdown and the subsequent summer holidays.

A number of young people have been moved on after being caught entering the private outdoor area, and the public are reminded that this space is not open to the public.

On two separate occasions committee members have turned up to the facility to find that bags of rubbish have been dumped in their outdoor space.

Auchterellon Under-5s has been run in Ellon by a small committee for 40 years, and while the recent issues have been disheartening they are grateful for the community’s support.

Anybody who has any information on the recent vandalism should contact Police Scotland on 101.



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