KILWINNING Abbey staff have labelled the mindless fire attack last week as “disgusting”.

The castle, which was built in the 1100s, was vandalised after a wheelie bin was set on fire, damaging some of the ancient stonework.

Police were contacted by Abbey officials and are urging anyone who witnesses an act of vandalism to report it.

A spokesperson for the Abbey said: “As many Kilwinning residents know, the Abbey grounds are a historic graveyard and are under the protection of Historic Environment Scotland.

“The Abbey and its grounds are Category A-listed, meaning that they are amongst the most important historic sites in Scotland.

“We were disgusted to find that once again a wheelie bin has been set on fire in the grounds, damaging stonework and making a mess.

“Damaging a listed property is a criminal offence and can carry fines of up to £50,000.

“We would encourage members of the public and local residents to report any incidents of vandalism to the police by phoning 101. Help us to save our heritage for future generations.”

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