‘Fury’ of coastguard boss at Bute 4x4 vandalism

Peter Stewart's picture of the interior of the 4x4 vehicle used by Bute's coastguard rescue team. A stone used to smash the vehicle's windscreen and driver's door window is clearly visible.
Peter Stewart's picture of the interior of the 4x4 vehicle used by Bute's coastguard rescue team. A stone used to smash the vehicle's windscreen and driver's door window is clearly visible.

A senior coastguard official has spoken of his anger after the only four-wheel-drive emergency vehicle on Bute was put off the road by a vandal.

The windscreen and driver’s door window of the Mitsubishi 4x4 used by the island’s volunteer coastguard rescue team were smashed in the early hours of Sunday morning, while the team was on a call-out at Ettrick Bay, and the vehicle’s tyres were also deflated.

Peter Stewart, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s senior coastal operations officer for central Scotland, who saw the damage for himself on Monday, said: “My gut instinct was fury. This was a sustained attack on a vehicle which must have taken the person responsible some considerable time.”

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