Vandals terrorise Fraserburgh family car dealership for 14 years

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A family-owned Fraserburgh garage has become the target of vandals yet again, an issue that has been ongoing for the last 14 years.

The latest attack saw a number of vehicles at Murray Motors on South Road receive damage to paintwork at around 9.45pm on Friday, October 14.

The garage, owned by Gordon Murray, is celebrating 30 years of business this year but unfortunately it still finds itself as a target for vandals.

Speaking to the Herald Gordon’s wife, Avril, said: “It originally started around 14 or 15 years ago and we’ve had 62 cars damaged to date.

“Our insurers reckon the damage has been worth up to £130,000 and obviously because of this our premiums have to go up.

“We were excited to start car rentals 13 years ago as it was a new venture, we had 11 rental cars ready to go, however the next day we got to the garage and discovered every one of the rentals had been damaged by paint stripper.

“They throw paint stripper over the sales vehicles so we can’t sell them, it’s all about business interruption.

“In one particular attack we had sold seven cars and they were all ready to be handed over to our customers but the next morning we discovered that they had been scratched all over the bonnets and doors.

“Now when cars are sold we have to hide them in the showroom to ensure they can’t get damaged.”

Avril added: “We are a busy, family-run business with generations of customer loyalty so we just try to get on with it.

“We’re not going to let the individual(s) responsible for the years of torment win and we’re going no-where.

“We’re offering a substantial reward for information that will lead to the successful conviction of the person(s) organising and answerable for the 14 years of vandalism and damage done.

“If any other business or individual has had similar damage done in the past please inform the police, whatever the circumstances, as it could be related.

Police Scotland is urging anyone with information following the latest attack to get in touch.

PC Justine Griffiths said: “The garage is on the main road leading into Fraserburgh so it is possible a passing motorist may have seen something.

“We are appealing to anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious or has any information to contact the police on 101.”

CCTV images from Murray Motors show the culprit wearing a white/light hooded top with a dark body warmer, dark gloves, dark trousers and is carrying a rucksack.