A nursery is counting the cost after “scumbags” trashed its garden and caused hundreds of pounds of damage to play equipment.
The gang of youths targeted Butterflies Nursery on Longtown Terrace in Mid Craigie and damaged a £400 play boat as well as a chute and climbing frame.
Staff arrived on Monday to discover the garden in a state of disrepair.
Footage captured by the building’s CCTV cameras shows the gang rocking and clambering on the boat, and kicking in its windows.
The incident is said to have taken place shortly after 8pm on Saturday.
Teri Devine, owner and manager at Butterflies, shared images of the youths on social media in a bid to track down the culprits.
She wrote: “Where were your kids this weekend? Parents really need to teach discipline and respect.
“Someone must know who these little scumbags are. Trashing a nursery garden for fun.
“Please share, hopefully their proud parents will see.”
The post has so far been shared about 300 times on Facebook.
Teri said the boat – which is a favourite piece of play equipment – has been “totally wrecked”.
She said: “We bought it for about £400 but it had just been done up for another £200.
“They’ve damaged the chute and the climbing frame and just generally made a mess of the garden.
“It’s very disheartening when something like this happens because it’s just mindless.
“The kids that have come in and done this might have cousins who go here, or their parents might have friends whose kids are being affected by this.
“They do this thinking it’s a bit of fun and they just don’t think of the consequences.”
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Butterflies was the target of a vandalism attack in November 2016 when youths broke in and smashed up a display of pumpkins made by the nursery’s children – leaving kids “in tears” at the sight of their mangled creations.
Teri said following that incident, problems with youths have been few and far between – until now.
She said: “We’ve gotten on here great and the families that live around here are generally quite nice.
“It’s just very disheartening that these kids have done what they’ve done.
“The police are coming in today to take statements and get our CCTV.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed that officers were to begin their investigation into the incident yesterday.
She said: “We can confirm we are aware of the matter and looking into it.”