Reports of nine or more attempts to frighten drivers by hurling stones at car windows have caused alarm in Aberfeldy.
One visitor to Aberfeldy was struck hard enough by what appears to have been a well-aimed pebble that it shattered his side window glass. Another had something bounce off their windscreen.
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The first driver thought it was “not an accident” and he reported it to the police.
He had been driving past the Dewars distillery and Aberfeldy Caravan Park around lunchtime on Thursday, September 10 when something hit his window with some force.
Aberfeldy Community Council chair Victor Clements put out a social media post, highlighting the incident.
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He said: “On coming into town past the distillery, the driver’s window smashed with no warning. They thought it might have been a pellet from an air rifle or some such device. Then they learned that someone else had a stone thrown at their car previously (on Wednesday 9).
“The person reporting this was visiting and is obviously not going to judge Aberfeldy on one incident like this, but we need to stop this if we can.
“Please don’t speculate about who or why on here. If you have any relevant information, give it to the police and let them deal with it.”
Since the post, Mr Clements has heard of at least nine other suspicious incidents happening in the same place, on several days last week.
He considers targeting moving cars a “very serious” matter and copied the PA into a message sent to him by a local person, which said: “My windscreen was also hit last Wednesday, around 3pm, somewhere between the caravan park and the sharp bend after the distillery, as I was heading into town.
“At the time I thought it was a stone from the car in front of me, although it did feel a bit odd as the bang was so loud for what would have only been a small stone flicking up.
“I didn’t think much of it until I seen your post today.”
Missiles hitting cars were reported on at least three consecutive days last week.
Mr Clements added: “If one post on Facebook can turn up eight or nine people who had been hit in a few hours, what percentage of the total number who had this happen might this be? You just wonder about the numbers actually involved.”
Police recently revealed that a white transit van parked up beside the caravan park had a window broken by a stone on Friday, September 11 around 1.30pm.
Yesterday, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police Scotland is following positive lines of enquiry after a spate of vandalisms to vehicles in Aberfeldy."
Highland ward Conservative councillor John Duff said: “I understand that vehicles have been damaged at different times by stone throwing and that the police are following a positive line of enquiry.
“Thankfully no one appears to have been hurt but it could have been very different.”