MP DAVID Duguid supported the introduction of specific laws to prevent vandalism of war memorials.
The MP for Banff and Buchan has backed Scottish Conservative plans to introduce specific laws to prevent the vandalism of war memorials in the North East.
The MP’s bill which would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where an offense of damaging war memorials has been incorporated into the Policing, Crime, Courts and Punishment Act This year.
A charge of criminal damage anywhere in the UK carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Attacks on war memorials have increased over the past decade and Mr Duguid believes his colleague Megan Gallacher’s bill would have a powerful deterrent effect on those who desecrate monuments.
Mr Duguid, who recently supported an Imperial War Museum initiative to document war memorials across the UK, said: ‘War memorials are at the very heart of our communities in Banff and Buchan and we must ensure that they are better protected in the future. .
“That’s why I’m delighted that my colleague Meghan Gallacher has introduced this purpose-designed MP’s Bill.
“Current laws are clearly not a deterrent enough against would-be vandals of memorials in Aberdeenshire, but the amendments included in these proposals would be a very positive step forward.
“Attacks on war memorials across Scotland have increased steadily over the past decade and this is extremely upsetting for people in areas such as Banff and Buchan, especially those whose loved ones are named on these tributes to our fallen war heroes.
“With this bill already enjoying cross-party support, I hope it can become law as quickly as possible to provide better protection for the much-loved war memorials in the North East.”