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Vandals cause £65k of damage at Balfour site

Vandalism Edinburgh Gateway

Vandals have caused damage estimated at up to £65,000 at Balfour Beatty’s Edinburgh Gateway station site.

British Transport Police said they had caused extensive to vehicles, construction machinery and buildings at the station, including graffiti.

The crime took place on Saturday night between 7.30pm and 9pm. Balfour Beatty won the £25.6M contract to construct the station last year.

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.”

Anyone with any information should contact BTP on 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting reference 577 of 11/6.

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