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Peterhead Councillors Comment on Fire-Raising Arrests

>> Saturday, 19 July 2014

Peterhead SNP councillors have welcomed news that arrests have been made in connection with the destruction of the clubhouse at Peterhead Victoria Bowling Club.

Police Scotland have confirmed that two men aged 22 and 27 have been charged in connection with a fire which took place on Sunday 15 June.

Peterhead North & Rattray councillor Anne Allan said:

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“This is a welcome development and I would pay tribute to the police for their work on this and the support they have received from the community.

“This was a devastating fire which destroyed a much-valued community facility. While the building was insured this has caused unnecessary distress and disruption to the bowling club. I am hopeful that the council can get things moving quickly to start the process of building a replacement facility.”

Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith added:

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“This was an act of wanton vandalism. Victoria Bowling Club has been a part of the community for many years and for this to happen at this time in particular, at the height of the outdoor bowling season has caused a lot of inconvenience and sorrow, not to mention disrupting the annual Scottish Week competition.

“However, I’m pleased that arrests have been made and thank the police for their continued efforts in this regard.”

Buchan Community Policing Inspector George Cordiner said:

"This incident caused significant distress and upset to the owners and users of these facilities as well as causing concern to the wider community. We recently requested the assistance of the public to help identify those responsible and I would like to express my thanks for that support and hope we will continue to work together to ensure our community remains one of the safest places to live."

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