Warning after vandals target old Burntisland school

Some of the damage caused to the empty buildings
Some of the damage caused to the empty buildings

Police in Burntisland have warned of the dangers of climbing on roofs and entering empty buildings after a spate of vandalism at the former primary school.

The building in Ferguson Place, which has lain empty since last summer, has become a target for vandals in recent weeks, with upper storey windows to the rear which have not been boarded up, all smashed.

A hole has also been knocked through the roof to get inside.

Fire extinguishers have been strewn around the playground and on the roof.

The problem was highlighted on the Burntisland Facebook page, with residents reporting seeing groups of youngsters causing damage to the school.

Susan Leslie, local councillor for the area, said: “It is always disappointing when vandalism hits locally and especially to buildings that so many people hold in such affection.

‘‘I have requested that the building be cleaned up and made secure immediately.

“There always is a danger that empty buildings fall foul of vandalism.

‘‘That is one of the reasons I was particularly keen to see the conversion of the old school buildings to affordable housing as soon as possible.

“These plans are progressing well. The best way to prevent an on going problem is to get the buildings occupied as soon as possible.”

Michael McArdle, estates lead professional, said: “Following the vandalism at the former Burntisland Primary School arrangements are being made to make the properties safe and for them to be boarded up.

“We hope to refurbish the buildings for use as affordable housing. Plans for this are being prepared and depending on planning permission being granted we hope to start on site next spring.

Steven Black, a community officer with Police Scotland in Kirkcaldy, said: “Five males have been cautioned and charged in relation to incidents of vandalism.

“We want to re-inforce the safety message of actions like these.

‘‘Although nobody was hurt in these incidents, the culprits are placing themselves in a position where they could be in danger.”