Police renew Methil boat vandalism appeal

The boat was set on fire at Methil Boat Club at Methil Docks
The boat was set on fire at Methil Boat Club at Methil Docks

Police in Fife have renewed their appeal for information after a ‘malicious’ act of vandalism which took place in Methil two weeks ago.

Officers have issued the appeal for information following the act of wilful fireraising at Methil Docks on Friday, October 16.

Sometime between 2am and 3am, the Boat Club in Methil Dockyard was subject to a break-in and a boat moored on the premises was deliberately set alight. The blaze was so severe that the vessel was completely destroyed.

Speaking to the Mail following the incident, Methil Boat Club member and owner of the boat, Alan MacKay, said he had spent around five years restoring the Tamar 2000, and estimated it had cost him in the region of £20,000.

Unfortunately, the boat was not insured at the time of the incident, meaning Allan has lost out on thousands. He believes his vessel was deliberately targeted by those responsible.

Officers have carried out various lines of inquiry in relation to this incident and are now appealing to the public for their assistance.

Alan explained that, while the club had CCTV which was working on the night and showed two men at the scene, the images were not clear enough to help police to detect those responsible.

Issuing the renewed appeal for information, PC Suzie O’Brien of the Community Investigation Unit at Methil Police Station said: “This was a malicious act which has resulted in the complete destruction of someone’s property and the damage could have been much more severe, were it not for the swift actions of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

“This was very distressing for the boat owner, who has spent many years working to restore this, and who has suffered a large monetary loss.

“I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Police Scotland on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Mr MacKay and other members of Methil Boat Club are still offering a reward for information which helps to trace and convict those responsible for destroying the boat.

This now stands at £2000, and Mr MacKay is hoping the reward, along with the renewed appeal from police, will result in some good news soon.

“I hope this will help to bring the people responsible to justice,” he said.

“A lot of time and effort went into restoring the boat over the five years.”