Vandals target cemetery and boat club in Levenmouth

Cllr Tom Adams at Methilhill Cemetry. Picture by George McLuskie
Cllr Tom Adams at Methilhill Cemetry. Picture by George McLuskie

The chairman of the local area committee has labelled vandalism at one of Levenmouth’s cemetery’s last week ‘absolutely appalling’.

Councillor Tom Adams told the Mail he was shocked to hear that vandals, believed to be local youngsters, had left a trail of destruction within Methilmill Cemetery last Wednesday evening.

As well as breaking a window in the home of the former cemetery caretaker, the culprits stole trinkets from graves and left others strewn about the cemetery grounds.

Cllr Adams said: “I think it’s absolutely appalling that people would come in and do this.

“It just pours more grief on to the people who are already coming here to grieve, and it’s something that just shouldn’t happen.”

Cllr Adams said he hoped that the incident would simply be a one off, but said he was dismayed to hear that similar incidents had also happened elsewhere in Fife, namely Dunfermline.

He added: “Parents need to be asking where their kids are when they hear a story like this, because this affects the whole community and they might even have relatives themselves in this cemetery.”

Robert Frew, the former cemetery caretaker, and his wife Margaret, still live in the small property within the grounds of Methilmill, and said this is just one of many instances of vandalism they have encountered.

“Around two or three years ago, we were getting stuff like this every night, youngsters just being destructive,” said Margaret. “It’s really not nice and it’s ridiculous that kids can just come in here like this - they shouldn’t be allowed in without their parents.”

Mark McCall, service manager (Safer Communities), said: “Community Wardens have been patrolling the cemetery as part of their routine patrols. These will be increased for the next two to three weeks to cover afternoons and additional evening patrols.”

Inspector Tom Brown of the Levenmouth branch of Police Scotland told the Mail this kind of behaviour within the area’s cemeteries was not acceptable. Commenting he said: “We received a report of vandalism to items left at graves at Methilmill Cemetery, which occurred between October 9-13.

“Such disrespectful behaviour is absolutely unacceptable and extremely distressing for those who have loved ones buried there.

“We are currently pursuing a positive line of enquiry but would ask anyone with information about this to speak to a local officer, contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched after a boat was deliberately set alight in Methil.

The vessel was targeted in the early hours of Friday morning at Methil Boat Club.

The Tamar 2000, which measured 24 feet, was left completely destroyed after the attack.

It was owned by former boat club chairman Alan MacKay, who had spent five years restoring it. He explained it was just a few months from being completed, and he estimated he had spent around £20,000 on it.

It is understood that police are searching for two men in connection with the attack, after they were caught on CCTV entering the yard twice.

There is a £2000 reward for information which leads to the conviction of the fire raisers.

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed they were investigating following a suspicious fire at the club, and inquires were ongoing.