Shamefaced vandals smash historic town artwork

Some of the damaged panels

Some of the damaged panels

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Mindless vandals have used rocks and a paving slab to damage one of Glenrothes’ most famous examples of town art.

Malcolm Robertson’s ‘The Audience’ - a large public seating area decorated with dozens of clay sculptured faces made by children from the nearby Newcastle Primary School in 1993- has had several of the clay images smashed.

A broken paving slab, rocks and broken glass still litter the area in Ralston Court in the west of the town, following the damage which is thought to have been caused during the evening of Sunday, October 18.

The seated area is a popular gathering spot for local teenagers and police have stepped up foot patrols in the vicinity in an effort to deter further damage.

Sergeant Greig said: “Our main priority is tracing those responsible for recent vandalisms in the Newcastle area and please be assured we are still investigating this.

“I would urge anybody with information on this to contact us, anonymously if they wish.

“The answer to these crimes are in the community and if you have information I would ask you how would you feel if it was your property, your family or friend’s.

”I am particularly pleased by the help that the local media is providing, giving valuable support to the police and local community. I would urge members of the public to take advantage of this.”

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.