Van­dals smash wing mir­rors off emer­gency ve­hi­cles

In­quiry: Vol­un­teers left ‘ut­terly dis­ap­pointed’

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMIE ROSS

Two ve­hi­cles used by emer­gency first aiders have been van­dalised af­ter be­ing tar­geted while vol­un­teers were car­ry­ing out train­ing. Fraser­burgh Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders only dis­cov­ered the dam­age on Tues­day night, when the group left a train­ing ses­sion in the port’s Mid Street.

Two ve­hi­cles used by emer­gency first aiders have been van­dalised af­ter be­ing tar­geted while vol­un­teers were car­ry­ing out train­ing.

Fraser­burgh Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders only dis­cov­ered the dam­age on Tues­day night, when the group left a train­ing ses­sion in the port’s Mid Street.

No other ve­hi­cles in the area had been dam­aged, but the two vans, given to the group by lo­cal firm Gray and Adams, had their wing mir­rors de­stroyed.

Last night, vol­un­teer Doug Ewen said: “Quite a num­ber of cars were in the street, but we seem to have been tar­geted. There’s been a spate of it in Fraser­burgh and it’s not good to see.

“We’ve no rea­son to be­lieve that any­one would specif­i­cally do this to us, be­cause we’re a com­mu­nity scheme to help the town.

“One mir­ror was left hang­ing off by a wire, but ob­vi­ously the vans are on­call through­out the day so we don’t know when we’ll have the time to get them fully re­paired.” The group, which is funded by do­na­tions, has called for in­for­ma­tion to catch the cul­prit.

In a state­ment af­ter the van­dal­ism, a spokesman branded the in­ci­dent “ut­terly dis­ap­point­ing”.

He said: “Both our vans were ma­li­ciously dam­aged. We are dis­ap­pointed that some­one felt they had to dam­age both our vans for no rea­son. If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion, please get in touch.”

Last year, the first re­spon­der group at­tended 30 call­outs us­ing the ve­hi­cles.

More than 20 lo­cal busi­nesses and groups helped get the ini­tia­tive off the ground, which in­cluded do­na­tions from Cheers Bar to­wards uni­forms and Meall­more, which funded a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

James Gray, whose firm do­nated the ve­hi­cles, said the group’s work could “mean the dif­fer­ence between life and death for many peo­ple”.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the van­dal­ism is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101.

SET­BACK: First re­spon­der Donny Harper with one of the ve­hi­cles that was van­dalised in Fraser­burgh

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