Community leaders and police have denounced vandals who attacked a sports clubhouse in Inverurie.
Garioch Rugby Club was targeted at the weekend with graffiti being daubed on the walls of the building and damaged caused to the roof.
The incident at Kellands Park, which occurred overnight on Saturday, has been left club officials furious.
The premises had only been fitted with a roof protection system by Aberdeenshire Council a few months ago.
Garioch Rugby Club president David Thom, who lives near the park, said: “It’s awful when something like this happens. These people are creatures of the night and have no regard whatsoever for property. Some of the slogans were disgusting.
“It is particularly disappointing because the council only fitted anti-climbing rollers towards the end of last year.”
Mr Thom praised the local authority for acting quickly to remove the slogans.
He added that the club’s facilities were used extensively by all age groups with school-age youngsters on a Saturd and teenagers on a Sunday.
The vandalism also angered John Sangster, chairman of Inverurie Community Council.
He said: “We are trying to keep young people involved in sporting actities in Inverurie and something like this happens.
“I am very angry and also sad about it. People will know who is responsible for this vandalism and the quicker they are caught the better.”
Police have appealed for any help in tracking down the culprits. The attack took place between 6pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday
Investigating officer PC Mark Grey said: “This is a mindless act of vandalism that not only affects the Garioch Rugby Club, but anyone wishing to use other facilities within Kellands Park.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.