Parents rally round after 'breathtaking' £40,000 vandalism act at Kirkcaldy gym

Some of the damage caused by the vandals

The owners of a gymnastics club in Kirkcaldy say they are 'angry' and 'hurt' after a break-in that has left them over £40,000 out of pocket.

Vandals targeted Balwearie Gymnastics Club, in the Mitchelston Industrial Estate, between December 21st and December 27th 2018.

The incident was reported to staff members by a parent picking up a charity bucket, concerned that locks had been glued.

Staff later discovered that training mats and balancing beams had been slashed open and the toilets had been smashed.

Classes have been suspended for at least one week, due to safety issues, while competitive members have been offered training space from other gymnastics clubs in the area.

The Balwearie club offers classes to children of every ability, and has been running for around 40 years.

Parents of many of the gymnasts have since cleaned up the gym and salvaged some of the broken equipment.

An online fundraising page has also been set up to help replace the broken kit.

Lorraine Crawford, gym manager and head coach, says that is one positive to have come from the incident:

Detective Constable Michael Nodes, from Kirkcaldy’s Criminal Investigation Department, said:  "The sheer scale of the vandalism undertaken during this incident is breathtaking and it has deprived the local community of a number of this expensive equipment.

"We are eager to trace those responsible and are appealing to the public for information.  

"I would ask anyone who was in the Mitchelston Industrial Estate between Friday, December 21, and Thursday, December 27, and saw anything suspicious, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"I would also ask anyone with CCTV that can assist our enquiries to please submit this to police for consideration." 

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Kirkcaldy CID on 101, quoting incident number 2354 of December 27.

Alternatively, they can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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