A JCB knocked over a pole-mounted CCTV camera and part-demolished a feature wall at the entrance to Plains in a late-night incident.
The construction vehicle is understood to have been taken from a nearby housing development.
The incident caused more than £6000 of damage to the camera, which has since been replaced, while repairs to the village gateway are still to be carried out.
Airdrie North independent councillor Alan Beveridge said: “The vehicle hit the ‘Welcome to Plains’ sign and the CCTV camera – I took the metal sign away to keep it safe, and there will need to be repairs done to both.”
Ward colleague Tommy Morgan said: “It seems to have struck the wall and then knocked over the camera pole at Annieshill View and Meadowhead Road. The wall is now boxed off to be repaired.”
He said of the entrance gateway – consisting of two large pillars at either side flanking a smaller stone wall with a “welcome to Plains” sign: “It will have to be replaced. Plains was one of the very earliest to have a feature like this as that wall was one of the first to be put up and it will be replaced as vandals and miscreants won’t destroy that, but it will come at a cost.”
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council told the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser: “A column with a CCTV camera was knocked over by a vehicle, at the junction of the three roads at Annieshill View.
“The column was recovered and has been put back, with a new concrete base and a new camera, at a cost of around £6000. The welcome sign was also damaged.”
A police spokesperson said: “Police Scotland is carrying out enquiries after a JCB hit a pole at Annieshill View in Airdrie at around 2am on Friday, February 14.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 0194 of February 14.”