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Vile graffiti attack on Inverness constituency office of Tory MSPs Edward Mountain and Jamie Halcrow Johnston

By Alasdair Fraser

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The defaced image of MSP Edward Mountain in his constituency office window
The defaced image of MSP Edward Mountain in his constituency office window

Foul graffiti scrawled on the windows of the Inverness constituency offices of two Conservative & Unionist Party MSPs has been reported to police.

A poster behind glass of Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain was defaced with black marker pen, with the words "s*** hair c***" scribbled across his forehead.

There was also an Adolf Hitler-style moustache added to his upper lip.

A photo of Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP, who shares the constituency office, was also vandalised with a phallic symbol.

The window was previously cracked in a past act of vandalism, prior to the latest defacement of the premises which happened between 5 pm on Wednesday and 3.30 pm on Thursday.

The targeting of a political office follows the smashing of windows of the Yes Scotland premises on the city’s Huntly Street back in September.

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Mr Mountain said: "It was done when the person who mans the office was out for lunch.

"As puerile and childish as it was, for somebody to do that, I feel sorry for them if that's the best they've got to do.

"For the person who works in the office, who is a relatively young caseworker, I think it's quite disturbing.

"I think that, as elected representatives, I fully understand that not everyone will support what we do, but I think that people should give us the space to do the job we're doing without being offensive."

The MSP also posted a social media response to the incident: "Thanks to the person who defaced our office. I hope you have a happy Christmas."

Mr Mountain said that the vandalism had been raised with Police Scotland.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "We are appealing for information following a vandalism on Baron Taylor Street, Inverness when an office window was subjected to graffiti. This happened sometime between 5pm on Wednesday, 20th December and 3.30pm on Thursday, 21st December.

"Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or via the Police Scotland website.

Anonymous reports can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, with reference CR/0452367/23.

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