IN­FOR­MA­TION AP­PEAL AF­TER GROUP’S VANS DAM­AGED

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By lee Mccann

A VOL­UN­TEER group that saves lives has had two of its ve­hi­cles van­dalised.

The Broch Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward af­ter the wing mir­rors were dam­aged on its vans.

Branded with the group’s logo, the Fraser­burgh-based vol­un­teers be­lieve the van­dals had de­lib­er­ately tar­geted them.

It was dis­cov­ered af­ter a train­ing ses­sion on Tues­day night that the ve­hi­cles had been dam­aged.

Dou­glas Ewen, the co-or­di­na­tor for the Broch Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders, said: “We were hav­ing a train­ing ses­sion like nor­mal in the church hall and we think it was tar­geted then.

“No other cars have been dam­aged and there were around 15 of us there and we all had our own cars.

“It looks like they have gone out their way to de­lib­er­ately tar­get our ve­hi­cles. One of our mem­bers spot­ted it.

“The mir­ror is still at­tached, but it has been dam­aged and the mech­a­nism is bro­ken.

“It means we’ll have to pay for that to be fixed, we’ve man­aged to put into back into place while we wait for it to go to the garage.”

Dou­glas added: “I don’t know what pos­sesses peo­ple to at­tack a van like ours as we are a vol­un­teer group try­ing to help the com­mu­nity by go­ing on emer­gency calls.

“One of our mem­bers has re­ported the van­dal­ism to po­lice so we are look­ing for any­one who might have seen any­thing to get in touch.”

The group was es­tab­lished in May 2016 with the aim of help­ing those re­quir­ing emer­gency care in­clud­ing car­diac ar­rests, asthma at­tacks and oth­ere­mer­gen­cies by at­tend­ing be­fore paramedics. Broch Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders also ap­pealed on so­cial me­dia for in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent say­ing the group was “ut­terly dis­ap­pointed”.

A com­mu­nity leader also ex­pressed her dis­ap­point­ment over the in­ci­dent.

Coun­cil­lor Doreen Mair, who rep­re­sents Fraser­burgh, said: “I’m dis­gusted that this has hap­pened.

“I don’t know what the peo­ple who did this think they are achiev­ing by do­ing it.

“What would they think if a fam­ily mem­ber needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion and the van wasn’t avail­able due to van­dal­ism?”

O “Be­yond be­lief to tar­get life­savers”, Page 26

I don’t know what pos­sesses peo­ple

sad­ness: Vol­un­teer first re­spon­der Donny Harper with one of the dam­aged ve­hi­cles.

van: The ve­hi­cle is branded with the Broch Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders’ logo.

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