Vandals daub sick slogans in street

Paint was sprayed on cars, several buildings, a monastery and the road
Paint was sprayed on cars, several buildings, a monastery and the road
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Vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in one of the district’s most exclusive streets during an early morning rampage.

Residents in Arnothill, Falkirk, were left shocked when they awoke to discover that offensive graffiti – including Nazi slogans – had been spray-painted across their property.

Garage doors, walls and even an expensive BMW car were all daubed with luminous green and yellow paint.

Amongst the historic properties damaged were Thorntree Mews Care Home and the Carmelite Convent.

The clean-up bill for the street – which is a designated conservation area – is likely to run into thousands of pounds.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, July 8.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “We were woken by police officers around 5.30 a.m. to alert us to the damage.

“What’s most surprising is the extent of it. It’s everywhere. Right along the street.

“This is usually a quiet street.

“It’s unbelievable that people could do something so stupid. It’s just mindless vandalism.”

One slogan – ‘Falkirk Toon Goons’, also abbreviated to ‘F.T.G.’ – was spray-painted in several locations along the length of the street, including on the road itself.

A number of crudely painted swastikas were also visible, along with other images and slogans that are too offensive to be reproduced in a family newspaper.

The majority of the graffiti was removed by a cleaning team from Falkirk Council on Monday morning.

Arnothill resident Andrew Nimmo said that he was impressed that the council had removed the paint so quickly.

“They did a great job, we’re thankful they got rid of it so fast” he said.

Mr Nimmo added: “Some properties were more badly affected by others. I first found out about what happened when my wife left for work on Friday morning.

“The scale of it was shocking. It must have taken those responsible over an hour to do.

“But the biggest shock was that the highest concentration of graffiti seemed to be around the convent.

“The residents had been out to paint over it before the council team arrived on Monday.”

A spokesperson for Central Scotland Police said that three individuals had been charged in relation to the incident.

A 16-year-old male appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

Two 15-year-olds have been reported to the Children’s Reporter.