Beer keg hurled through ho­tel win­dow causes £2,000 dam­age

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY BEN HENDRY

The own­ers of a Mo­ray vil­lage ho­tel have con­demned a van­dal who hurled a beer keg through their front win­dow at the week­end.

Ca­role and Pa­trick Bal­four moved from Canada to Tom­intoul last year to con­vert a di­lap­i­dated for­mer guest­house into the bou­tique seven-room Bal­four Manor Ho­tel.

Fol­low­ing the vil­lage’s pop­u­lar High­land Games gath­er­ing on Satur­day, a beer keg from the back of the ho­tel was turfed through a large front win­dow, caus­ing more than £2,000 of dam­age.

Yesterday, po­lice launched an ap­peal for any­one who wit­nessed the crime to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

Mrs Bal­four said: “Ob­vi­ously it was a de­lib­er­ate act, and it prob­a­bly in­volved drink.

“The vil­lage was very busy af­ter the games, and all we know for sure is that it hap­pened be­tween 2.30am and 7am.

“It’s cost us at least £ 2,000 to re­place the win­dow so it’s not very pleas­ant, to say the least.”

She added: “We came over here from Toronto, which is a large me­trop­o­lis, 18 months ago so we un­der­stand that crime can hap­pen. But we have met some beau­ti­ful peo­ple in Scot­land and I be­lieve this is just a one­off.

“Tom­intoul hosted a biker rally the week­end be­fore, which was even busier, and we had no trou­ble then.”

More than 1,5000 peo­ple at­tended the 174th an­nual Tom­intoul and Strathavon High­land Games on Satur­day.

Con­sta­ble Natalie Grim­mer, who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, said: “The van­dal­ism oc­curred on the week­end of the Tom­intoul High­land Games, which brought a num­ber of visi­tors to the areaandthe vil­lage would have been busy.”

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent is urged to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101.

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