Repairing Vandalism cost council £67,000

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The cost of repairing vandalism in schools in Aberdeenshire cost nearly £67,000 for 2014-2015 according to figures released this week.

The figures were obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservatives.

The cost for the whole of Scotland was revealed to be over £1m and in Aberdeenshire £66,782.

Examples of the vandalism for Scotland include smashed windows, vandalised bicycle racks and even repairs to a toilet pipe which had been jammed with cans and bottles.

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “These are supposed to be places of learning for future generations, but instead too many criminals see them as fair game for hooliganism.

“There is also a cost to the taxpayer, and that is money that could be reinvested in a far better way, not least in education.

“Perhaps security could be improved in these schools to ensure money can be saved in the long term.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education Committee Cllr Alison Evison said: “Our schools are often the heart of our communities as well as centres of learning for our children. Vandals attacking schools are therefore attacking more than just a building.

“The damage they cause is particularly an issue at this time of severe cuts to local council budgets.”