Vandalism in Falkirk schools is third highest in Scotland

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Schools in the Falkirk district are among the worst affected in Scotland for being vandalised new figures show.

Falkirk Council’s bill for repairing vandalism damage was £122,000 last year, the third highest in the country.

Figures for the whole of Scotland, obtained by the Scottish Conservatives through a Freedom of Information request, show that it cost local authorities £1,045,681 to repair damage including graffiti, smashed windows, wrecked bike racks and stolen metal roofs.

West Lothian Council, which covers Linlithgow schools, spent £25,475.

Fife was the worst affected with a £158,000 bill followed by Aberdeen (£143,000), then Falkirk.

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “Vandalism of any kind is completely unacceptable. But to inflict schools with this type of behaviour is even worse.

“These are supposed to be places of learning for future generations, but instead too many criminals see them as fair game for hooliganism.

“There is also a cost to the taxpayer, and that is money that could be reinvested in a far better way, not least in education.

“Perhaps security could be improved in these schools to ensure money can be saved in the long-term.”

The national figure is also likely to be higher as Scotland’s largest local authority in Glasgow and several others did not provide statistics.

Falkirk Council has yet to respond to the figures.