Police in plea to bring library vandals to book

Smashed windows at selkirk library.
Smashed windows at selkirk library.

POLICE have appealed for information after another “mindless” act of vandalism in the town saw 11 windows smashed at the historic library.

The attack on the Royal Burgh’s former jail, which took place between last Friday and Monday, is the latest in a long line of incidents around Selkirk – and there are fears surrounding how these continued incidents are affecting the image of the town.

Staff Officer Steven Irvine, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: “The damage was probably only around £150, but it is more the impact on the wider community, especially during the tourist season. The sight of a historic building being vandalised has a bigger impact than the cost.

“People need to consider the effects on their mindless actions. I know previously there were problems with youths hanging about the Market Square.

“We used CCTV and tried to work with our partner agencies to involve the young people in social activities through Rowland’s Dry Bar.”

Officer Irvine said the police were trying to combat petty crime in Selkirk with foot patrols and continued work with agencies.

He added: “Anybody who can help with our enquiries to chase these irresponsible people should get in touch.”

Already this year yobs have smashed windows at St Joseph’s Primary School and the Selkirk Regeneration Company’s Tower Street office.

And a group of residents in the Mungo Park area attended February’s community council meeting to voice their anger at incidents of littering, graffiti, vandalism, swearing and urinating in public near their homes.

Councillor Kenneth Gunn added: “It is regrettable that a property given for the benefit of the people of Selkirk should be damaged in this way.”

Selkirk librarian Christine Johnston said: “I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with the police so they can catch whoever is responsible for this damage.”