Police have warned parents to be vigilant after reports children have been seen climbing up the side of a historic abbey.
Youngsters have been spotted walking along the scaffolding which currently surrounds Arbroath Abbey, prompting fears from worried neighbours.
An image circulated on Facebook appeared to show children walking on part of the framework at night.
Police confirmed they have received complaints about the issue and have urged parents and carers to be vigilant.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We are aware of the matter and would like to stress that there are a number of empty and derelict buildings in Angus, many of which are hazardous environments.
“Children place themselves at risk if they enter these buildings, or climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.
“Each year in the UK, children are injured and require hospital treatment as a result of falls and injury while exploring derelict or empty premises.
“We are asking parents and carers to assist us, to keep children safe and reduce incidents of antisocial behaviour in our community.
“We urge parents and carers to be aware of where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.
“Talking to your child about potential dangers and their consequences could make a difference to their safety.
“It is important for young people to understand the potential risks and consequences of their actions.
‘‘They may get involved in activity they may consider is just ‘a bit of a laugh’ without considering the potential consequences.”
Richard Moore, councillor for Arbroath West and Letham, added: “It’s dangerous and the youths should have more sense not to be doing this.
“It’s very welcome that the police are taking this issue seriously
‘‘I would urge the parents and carers to do what they can to try to stop this happening in the near future.”