Jul 172012


Police in East Lothian are investigating a deliberate fire-raising that happened at John Muir Country Park in Dunbar at the weekend.

The fire destroyed a building under construction at Belhaven Bay, which was intended to provide toilets and shower facilities for surfers and visitors to the beach.

The incident happened around 2.30am on Saturday (July 14), and police are appealing for anyone with any information that can assist their inquiries to come forward.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “This was a wanton act of vandalism that has destroyed a facility that was being built for use by the general public, and we are keen for any information that can help us trace whoever is responsible.

“We are appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police. Anyone else who has any other information that can assist our enquiries should also get in touch.”

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “It’s a real shame that this has happened. This was not just a toilet block but had outdoor showers for swimmers and surfers plus storage facilities for local sports groups – so would have been a real asset to the local community and visitors to the area.

“It was very near completion but has been totally destroyed. We hope that anyone with information on who is responsible for this contacts the police.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.