Public asked to help put stop to Glenrothes vandalism

Cllrr Ross Vettraino next to burnt out row of garages in Auchmuty
Cllrr Ross Vettraino next to burnt out row of garages in Auchmuty

A Glenrothes councillor is calling for the public to help put a stop to the malicious acts of vandalism and damage which have occurred in the town in recent weeks.

Cllr Ross Vettraino is urging those within the community to be vigilant and to report any acts of damage that they may witness.

“I firmly believe that the police often know who commits these crimes but don’t have enough evidence to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Mr Vettraino.

“The public can play a major role in catching those who are causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in our communities.”

Last week, Auchmuty Tenants Association lost all of their furniture stock, collected to help those in need, which had been stored in two of the seven garages the police believe were deliberately set alight.

The blaze was the worst of three started in the Glenrothes suburb in the same evening.

A joint investigation between fire services and police led to the belief that the fire was set deliberately. Police inquiries are continuing.

Mr Vettraino fears the situation will get worse if something is not done soon.

“There is evidence of the escalation all over the town, he said.

“Two weeks ago the Gazette drew attention to the damage that had been caused in north Glenrothes and in the last week Auchmuty has suffered with the fire which has gutted seven garages in Alexander Road.

“It is my earnest hope that the Police will detect those who are responsible and we need to act now.

“Vandalism of any kind should not be tolerated, but should be reported to the Police or to the Council.”

David Nelson from the tenants group welcomed the call saying: “The community must stand up to put a stop to these acts of vandalism.”