Police in Tayside have forked out nearly £27,000 to repair vandalised squad cars in the last three years.
Figures released in response to a freedom of information request revealed 24 vandal attacks between 2016 and the end of 2018.
Six targeted cars parked outside Tayside Division’s HQ on West Bell Street, Dundee. Together these incidents caused £1,000 worth of damage.
The total repair bill for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division over the three years amounted to £26,917.88.
However, more than £20,000 of that cost is a result of damage to three squad cars during a single incident in Perth in 2017.
Danny Stewart brought the city centre to a standstill when he clambered on to the roof of his mother’s house in Stanley Crescent.
He hurled chimney pots and roof slates at police officers.
He also damaged a number of other vehicles, including his own Transit van. He was jailed for 20 months after admitting a breach of the peace.
Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary, said: “People will be shocked to read about the extent of this problem. Police officers should be able to go about their business without fear their vehicles will be vandalised.
“At a time when the force is struggling with budget cuts, this is money that would be far better spent tackling crime.”
Superintendent Richard Craig said: “Vandalism to police vehicles will not be tolerated. Every incident will be thoroughly investigated and where evidence exists the person or people responsible will be reported to the appropriate authority.
“High standards of maintenance are required for our vehicles.”