A COMMUNITY group has hit out at mindless vandals after it was discovered that a row of lights had been “butchered” recently.

The Friends of Lochore Meadow community group recently installed a row of lights along the entrance road to the country park, but these have now been cut and damaged beyond repair, much to the dismay of organisers.

David McKay, acting chairman of the group, told the Times it was “disheartening” to see the vandalism.

He said: “We had recently installed along the entrance road to Lochore Meadows Country Park, but now some mindless vandals have damaged the lights beyond repair meaning these will have to be removed and replaced.

“Blachere Illumination kindly inspected the cause of the lights not working before realising the vandalism.

“Friends of Lochore Meadows and Fife Council are working hard to enhance features within the park with a new play for all play area being installed hopefully later on this year pending design approval and community consultations.

“These acts of vandalism are pretty disheartening for all the people involved with the new projects and hopefully we can nip this in the bud pretty quickly.

“We want the people that visit the park to take some ownership of what a great and wonderful outdoor area we have right on our doorstep.”

The Times had sight of an email from Blachere Illuminations to the community group, which described the lights as being “butchered” by a “knife or blunt instrument”.

It is understood whoever caused the damage had to have climbed the trees to cut the wires, meaning a considerable effort took place to carry out the vandalism.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to get in contact.