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'Dangerous' climb to vandalise Nairn Courthouse tower

Graffiti at Nairn Courthouse Tower Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Graffiti at Nairn Courthouse Tower

Graffiti was left high on a historic tower during a vandalism spree in a Highlands town.

Police said the culprits would have had to make a "highly dangerous" climb of scaffolding around Nairn's courthouse tower.

The tower's six-tonne metal top was removed last month as part of a refurbishment of the property.

Graffiti was sprayed on a protective plastic wrap on the tower and nearby properties were also vandalised.

Police said the vandalism happened at about 01:10 on Thursday.

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Image caption Highland Council is refurbishing Nairn Courthouse

Two men and a small silver car have been sought in connection with the incidents.

The men were described as being dressed in dark clothing, but one of the men changed into white overall-style trousers on the High Street.

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Image caption The top of the tower was removed for refurbishment

Constable Kirsty MacDonald said: "The individuals responsible have gone to great lengths to scale scaffolding in order to deface the courthouse tower.

"This is highly dangerous and could have resulted in a serious injury.

"They scaled the scaffolding to such a height that specialist contractors had to be employed to cover the graffiti."

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Image caption Graffiti was left on buildings in Nairn in the early hours of Thursday

Highland Council, which is carrying out the tower refurbishment, alerted police to the vandalism.

A spokeswoman said: "Apart from the danger that someone must have put themselves in - graffiti is a total waste of taxpayers' money and diverts resources from council works and services."

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