A DUNDEE woman has told of her “devastation” after vandals damaged a bench in memory of her parents.
Catherine Jonas had the bench placed in Windmill Gardens, Broughty Ferry, in 2006.
It features an engraved plaque commemorating the lives of Catherine’s dad, John Murray, who died in 1984, and mum, Francis Murray, who passed away in 2006.
Now, she has spoken of the “sickening” vandalism.
Catherine, 69, said: “The bench will have been in the garden for 10 years this August. It’s been a lovely tribute to my parents and there are other people who have memorials to loved ones in the garden as well.
“Whoever has damaged this is just a mindless vandal.
“They have gouged lumps out of the armrests and the bench is all scratched and scored. It’s been done deliberately with a sharp instrument.
“It seems to be people who are drinking there who have done it, as there were empty cans found nearby by one of the gardeners.”
Catherine said that finding the damage had made her feel “sick to her stomach”.
She said: “When I saw it, I was absolutely devastated.
“I felt like my stomach just fell to the ground.
“It was really upsetting to see, as the bench has been kept in immaculate condition in the past.
“Every two weeks, myself or my husband go down and clean bird mess and other things off of it.
“We’ve never asked the council to do a thing, as we want to take responsibility for it ourselves.
“We really take a lot of pride in it.
“To go in and be confronted by the state it was in, I really just can’t believe anyone would be so heartless.
“It’s left me so angry and upset.
“I would also like to see more CCTV in the area to discourage it from happening again in the future.
“It’s been reported to the police, so maybe they will be able to find those responsible.
“It’s one of 13 benches in the garden so I think some kind of CCTV might be worthwhile, to protect the area.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We are appealing for information after reports of antisocial behaviour and vandalism at the Windmill Memorial Gardens, Castle Street, Broughty Ferry recently.
“It is understood a memorial bench has been damaged along with alcohol bottles and cans being discarded.
“Officers are aware of the upset this kind of antisocial behaviour can have within a community and it is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by Tayside Division.”
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101.