A local Councillor has said the criminals who vandalised Redcloak Household Waste Recycling Centre should be made to pay for the damage and spend time behind bars.
A break-in at the Stonehaven recycling centre on the 25th of July led Aberdeenshire Council to close the site for 2 days. It was reopened on Friday afternoon after repairs to a damaged electricity box were undertaken. Police Scotland had assessed the damage to the box, which powers on-site machinery, as “significant”.
Councillor Wendy Agnew said: “The damage to equipment at Redcloak has inconvenienced many householders who use the Stonehaven recycling centre.
“As the site had to be closed many householders have had to travel to the recycling centres at either Portlethen or Laurencekirk.
“The person or persons who decided to damage equipment at the site have no respect for property or indeed for their own safety.
“One wonders what the motive was. I have my own thoughts on why the site was broken into and I feel that it was not only pure vandalism.
“I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything at all that evening to contact the police.
“I sincerely hope that the perpetrators of this crime are caught and not just given a slap on the wrist but made to pay for all the damage which they caused and are given a period of time at Her Majesty’s pleasure.”
The shutdown occurred during one of Scotland’s hottest weeks on record, with Raymond Christie, chairman of Stonehaven and District Community Council, said: “I’m sorry for people as this site is well used.
“The nice weather means it is the perfect time to get rid of garden waste.”
Police Scotland are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 101.