Family targeted by firestarter

pictured is the trampoline after the fire
pictured is the trampoline after the fire

A Brechin family has been left counting the cost of vandalism after they had a car damaged and a trampoline set alight in their back garden.

Jon Bergen, who is the Reverend of the Brechin Baptist Church, and his wife, Ruth, came home on Sunday, October 27, to discover that people had been in their garden and removed safety padding from their trampoline while they were out. Not only that, but they had also tampered with Ruth’s car.

The car had been pushed back from it’s original parking spot, and the side indicators of the vehicle had been forcibly removed. The car was parked in a secure car park, that is also shared by the Bank of Scotland.

Ruth explained: “It was over £30 to replace pieces ripped off the car. Although not extreme, they still had to climb an eight-foot wall to get in the garden in the first place.”

The Bergens immediately contacted the police, but it wasn’t until the following morning that an officer was able to attend. After talking with the officers, the family were left feeling that their concerns had not being taken seriously.

The situation escalated further when, on Tuesday, November 12, shortly before leaving their home, the Bergens discovered that their trampoline, located at the back of the garden, had been set on fire.

Ruth commented: “Thankfully, we spotted before it had a chance to spread.”

They immediately called the fire brigade and the police to report the incident.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Anti-social behaviour is always taken seriously and these incidents are still under active investigation.

“We are acutely aware of the upset that any form of anti-social behaviour can have within a community and officers work closely with partners to try and divert young people into more worthwhile pursuits. Anyone caught committing crimes of vandalism or malicious damage will always be charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“We would urge anyone who has any information about either of these incidents to get in touch with us on 101.”