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Vandals on rampage at Balfour Beatty site

13 Jun 16 Vandals caused damage valued at up to £65,000 after breaking into an Edinburgh construction site over the weekend.

Windows were smashed on construction machinery.
Windows were smashed on construction machinery.

There was extensive criminal damage caused to vehicles, construction machinery and buildings at the new Edinburgh Gateway railway station, which Balfour Beatty is currently building in Gogar under a £25m contract.

Photos show smashed windows on a telehandler, a backhoe loader and a mobile crane.

British Transport Police said that the site was broken into between 7.30pm and 9pm on Saturday 11th June.

Inspector Lindsay Clarkson said: “The station was broken into and extensive damage was caused to vehicles, machinery and the buildings in the station. Windows were also smashed and graffiti daubed all over.

“BTP takes criminal damage on the rail network extremely seriously. It is nothing more than selfish vandalism that makes people fearful of their surroundings and costs the railway industry thousands of pounds to clean up.

“Unfortunately the costs associated with the clear up and fixing the damage caused is ultimately covered by the fare-paying passenger, which is not acceptable

“I would like to appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and contact us on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 577 of 11/6.  I am certain that someone out there may know something that would help us catch the person or people responsible, and I would very much like to hear from them. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

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