Officers are continuing to appeal for information following wilful fire-raisings on the coast of Aberdeen.
Several boats and a boathouse were set alight at Cove Harbour last weekend, with emergency services contacted just before 3am on Sunday morning (January 6, 2019).
Meanwhile enquiries continue into incidents at the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project at Greyhope Road, with a number of reports received of vandalisms and a crane being set alight at the site since December 25 last year.
Additional patrols have been carried out along the coast since, with a number of lines of enquiry being pursued in each case. In addition officers have been made aware of a large industrial sized wheelie bin being set on fire in the Charleston Park area of Cove at around 1.20am on Sunday (Jan 6) – the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service attended and the flames quickly extinguished.
Detective Inspector Allen Shaw said: “We would like to thank the local community who continue to come forward and assist us with our enquiries. In relation to the Charleston Park fire we have been told that a red saloon-type car was seen leaving the scene and I would urge anyone with information to call the Police on 101 as soon as possible quoting ref. no. 1113 of Jan 6. Do you have private CCTV or dash-cam footage which may have captured this vehicle? Or did you see or hear any unusual activity that night?
“As our enquiries continue into each incident I must stress that we are still keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked. Additional patrols have been carried out every night since to help prevent any similar incidents from occurring.
“In the past week it has been extremely heartening to see so many people supporting the fishermen who lost their possessions in the fire at Cove Harbour. But this incident - along with the others - were malicious crimes and I would like to provide every assurance that extensive enquiries are ongoing to identify who is responsible for them."
Anyone with information in relation to Cove Harbour should quote ref. no. CF0003930119 when contacting Police.
Quote ref. no. CF0318061218 in relation to the Aberdeen Harbour project.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain completely anonymous.