SBC condemns recent spate of vandalism across Council property

Published: 23rd October 2023

Vandalism across SBC property continues to be a major problem with a recent upsurge in incidents including serious damage to play parks and public toilets.

Multiple cases of vandalism 

Recent examples across our local communities include sinks being smashed and tiles pulled off the walls at Jedburgh Tourist Information Centre public toilets, damage to play park equipment in Jedburgh and various acts of vandalism at Shedden Park in Kelso.

Vandalism to memorial benches near the bandstand in Jedburgh has also been recorded.

Additional unforeseen costs 

As a result of the damage inflicted, SBC will need to source thousands of pounds of additional money to replace and repair the property.  

Councillor Euan Jardine, Leader of Scottish Borders Council:

"Vandalism to any SBC property is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“The selfish actions of a small few are preventing others from using and benefiting from vital SBC services across the region and are incurring thousands of pounds worth of additional unforeseen costs to the Council.

“Very unfortunately SBC is forced to consider the permanently removal of some pieces of play equipment which are being repeatedly targeted.

“By vandalising our play equipment, it means it can’t be used by others for the purpose it was intended for and it is effectively vandalising our own area.”