The decorative railings around Leyden’s Monument in Denholm have been damaged to the tune of several hundred pounds, writes Lorna Robertson.
Police can’t pinpoint exactly when the incident took place but it is thought the damage was inflicted from mid-September onwards resulting in the structure missing a finial and coming loose.
The cast-iron railings around the memorial, which was erected in 1861 in honour of Dr John Leyden, the poet, antiquarian and orientalist, are brittle and easily damaged.
Their maintenance comes under the auspices of the Denholm Feuars’ and Householders’ Association which will have to fork out for the repairs.
It is thought the damage will cost around £800.
Feuars chairman Scott Tait commented: “[Hawick blacksmith] Alan Telfer has assessed the extent of the work and removed items that are best repaired in the workshop and is confident that replacements can be sourced.
“The railings were obviously subjected to a sustained attack and I appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any abnormal activity in the vicinity of the monument to contact the police.
PC Alex Cain said: “We have conducted house-to-house enquiries, letter-dropped local businesses and residents, and posters have been displayed in the primary school.
Also, the area will be patrolled by community officers during the school holidays.”
Community inspector Carol Wood of Police Scotland said: “The Leyden Monument is a much treasured local landmark and it goes without saying that we are very keen to trace whoever was involved in what appears to be an act of vandalism.
“I ask anyone who can help with this investigation to call police immediately on 101 or, alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”