Vandals smash windows at football ground

Peterhead FC's general manager, Nat Porter, described the vandalism at Balmoor as 'mindless violence.'
Peterhead FC's general manager, Nat Porter, described the vandalism at Balmoor as 'mindless violence.'

Peterhead FC’s Balmoor stadium has been hit by a spate of vandalism with the cost of damages nearly reaching £10,000.

In the last four months the football club has reported five separate incidents to Police Scotland.

On the evenings of Thursday June 13 and Monday June 17, large panes of glass at the south end of the main stand were shattered.

It is believed the damage was done by vandals throwing rocks from the nearby car park.

On Wednesday July 17 the upstairs lounge window on the stadium’s main facade was shattered by thrown stones.

Panes of glass in the main entrance door and door to the social club have also been damaged but it is not believed these incidents are connected to the others.

Most recently, another large section of glass at the end of the main stand has been shattered.

Club officials believe vandals have been collecting stones to throw from a nearby area of car park which has recently had gravel put over it.

Peterhead FC’s general manager, Nat Porter, said: “It’s really disappointing what has happened - it’s mindless violence.

“I would love anyone who knows who’s involved with this to get in touch with me or anybody at the club.

“The damage is into the thousands - nearly five figures - and we’ve contacted the police.”

In an effort to combat this sudden spate of vandalism, extra CCTV cameras have been installed.

Staff behind the bar at Balmoor’s social club, which is open late into the evening, can now monitor the images.

Peterhead FC moved to the 4,000 seat Balmoor Stadium in 1997 after their former ground, Recreation Park, was sold to Safeway.

The club is currently in negotiations with Aberdeenshire Council, who own the land, to purchase the stadium.

Peterhead Football Club Ltd currently rent the land.

Anybody with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.