Dumfries and Galloway hilltop wind mast vandals hunted

Anemometer The mast, used to measure wind speed, was brought down by vandals

Police are hunting vandals who brought down and destroyed a 40m mast used to measure wind speeds on a hilltop north of Dumfries.

The incident happened at Auchenra Hill near Guillyburn in Kirkmahoe some time between 2 May and 16 May.

Police said the mast, which had an estimated value of £15,000, had been damaged beyond repair.

The masts are generally used to measure wind speeds to check a location's suitability for turbines.

Police said they had not ruled out possible links to anti-wind farm protesters and were seeking information about any suspicious activity around other such masts.

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