Vandals desecrate peace garden

The peace garden in Beveridge Park
The peace garden in Beveridge Park
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THE chairman of a Kirkcaldy group has vented his anger at the vandals who desecrated the peace garden in Beveridge Park causing around £1000 worth of damage.

Police confirmed that between 4.00 p.m on June 20 and 8.15 a.m on June 21, eight cherry trees, worth £100 each, were destroyed. The following weekend more nearby trees were pulled out.

This isn’t the first time the peace garden has been targeted.

Last year vandals ripped up benches and overturned paving stones before it was due to open last May.

Then, only a day after it was unveiled in a moving ceremony, plants were ripped out, trees were broken and a stone pole at the centre of the garden was scored with a rude drawing.

Ian Ferguson, chairman of Beveridge Park Development Group, told The Press: “To say I am angry is an understatement.

“It is very sad to think that people get enjoyment out of destroying the work that people put in to make Beveridge Park the attractive place that it is.

He added: “I believe that there was evidence that drinking had been taking place at the peace garden, but this does not excuse such mindless destruction.”

While Mike Fuchs, Fife Council service manager, said he was very disappointed to hear about the incident.

He said: “There’s been a lot of really good work carried out to improve the park with Council officers working closely with the Beveridge Park Development Group to further improve the facility for the community.

“That’s why hearing of damage caused is really disappointing and will be frustrating to all of those who have worked so hard to make a positive difference. We’ll be working with the police in this matter and would urge anyone with information to contact them.”

PC Mark Anderson, community safety officer for Kirkcaldy said: “Police Scotland Fife Division enquiries are continuing into the damage caused to the trees at the peace garden in Beveridge Park, which should be a restful place for our community.”

He added: “Despite our on-going investigations, no one has been found responsible for this incident and we would appeal to anyone who has any information about this vandalism to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”