‘Mindless vandals’ torch Clatto woodland noticeboard

Clatto noticeboard after
Clatto noticeboard after

HOURS of work by volunteers were undone when ‘mindless vandals’ set light to a new community noticeboard.

The shelter-sign at the Gateway woodland on Clatto Hill was only completed a fortnight ago — but just four days later it had been turned to ashes.

Police have branded the vandalism ‘unacceptable’ and are appealing for information.

Gordon Lochhead, chairman of the Clatto Community Woodlands group, described the act as one of ‘crass stupidity’.

He said: “The whole wood could have burned down — only the recent wet weather saved it.”

Old tyres were found piled around the bottom of the wooden noticeboard when the vandalism was discovered.

All the work constructing the sign was carried out by volunteers using cash from a National Lottery grant.

Community Inspector Garry Muir of Fife Constabulary said: “Such calculated and thoughtless vandalism is completely unacceptable.

“We are committed to creating safer communities and tackling this type of anti-social behaviour means that local officers are actively investigating this incident.

“I would appeal to anybody who knows anything about the identity of those responsible to contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated anonymously.”

Slamming the ‘mindless vandals’ involved, Mr Lochhead added: “We provide a car park on the hill, maintain walks in our own small wood, and the next item to go on the board would have been a map to help guide visitors to Clatto Hill.

“This would help people to enjoy the fine walks and views, and we plan to provide further information about wildlife, plants and local history.

“We will also display work done by local youngsters who use the woodland to learn.

“Clatto Hill is a great place to live and visit. Our aim is to keep it that way.

“We will rebuild, and will welcome any help from sponsors and volunteers.”