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Police investigate vandalised hut at River Thurso


By David G Scott

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POLICE are investigating vandalism to a small hut recently built at the River Thurso for use by fishermen, visitors and local people.

The hut was erected by the Thurso Angling Association in the spring for the convenience of its members, visitors or any locals out for a walk who get caught up in foul weather.

The door of the hut has been damaged and broken pieces of the table lie around the ground.
The door of the hut has been damaged and broken pieces of the table lie around the ground.

The association said in a statement: "The newly erected and painted hut contained a table and chairs – ideal for a break. Users could have a rest, change their fishing flies, have a quiet cuppa, or welcome respite from the weather and the midges."

At some point last week, the hut was "viciously and mindlessly" vandalised. The table inside was destroyed and the legs used to smash the door and the windows. Two chairs were retrieved, one from the river and one from the opposite river bank.

Local police officers are investigating the vandalism at the fishing hut.
Local police officers are investigating the vandalism at the fishing hut.

The statement added: "This hut is in a remote location and not likely to be come across accidentally, so it is believed it was targeted deliberately.

"In the past few years, the association has undertaken the chore of strimming and mowing the river banks which obviously makes it more enjoyable for the anglers, but in the knowledge that it would be used by local people enjoying a stroll along the river banks.

Windows were smashed in using parts of the vandalised table.
Windows were smashed in using parts of the vandalised table.

"If these efforts make it easier for those that choose to undertake this type of senseless criminality, then the association would have to reconsider this expense."

Police Scotland is investigating the crime and anyone with information should visit www.scotland.police.uk/or call 101.

More broken pieces of the broken table.
More broken pieces of the broken table.

Additional information can also be sent to the association's Facebook page www.facebook.com/greatsalmonfishing

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police received a report of vandalism to an angling hut near River Thurso around 4.10pm on Friday, August 21. Enquiries are ongoing.”



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