Two men charged in connection with fire

Extensive fire damage at Victoria Bowling Club, Peterhead
Extensive fire damage at Victoria Bowling Club, Peterhead

Police Scotland can confirm that two men aged 22 and 27 have been charged in connection with a fire at Peterhead Bowling Club.

The fire, which happened on Sunday, June 15, destroyed the bowling club on Victoria Road and also caused damage to buildings of other business premises.

The two men appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court on Monday, July 21.

Buchan Community Policing Inspector George Cordiner told the Buchan Observer: “This incident caused significant distress and upset to the owners and users of these facilities as well as causing concern to the wider community.

He added: “Police Scotland recently requested the assistance of the public to help identify those responsible and I would like to express my thanks for that support.

“I hope we will continue to work together to ensure our community remains one of the safest places to live.”

Peterhead SNP councillors welcomed the news.

Peterhead North & Rattray councillor Anne Allan said: “This is a welcome development and I would pay tribute to the police for their work on this and the support they have received from the community.

“This was a devastating fire which destroyed a much-valued community facility. While the building was insured this has caused unnecessary distress and disruption to the bowling club and I am hopeful that the council can get things moving quickly to start the process of building a replacement facility.”

Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith added: “This was an act of wanton vandalism. Victoria Bowling Club has been a part of the community for many years and for this to happen at this time in particular, at the height of the outdoor bowling season has caused a lot of inconvenience and sorrow, not to mention disrupting the annual Scottish Week competition, however, I’m pleased that arrests have been made and thank the police for their continued efforts in this regard.”