Lives put at risk by tunnels dug into dunes

By Clare Carswell

Published: 19/02/2014

Teenagers risked their lives digging tunnels deep into sand dunes at a popular Aberdeenshire beach.

The discovery of the extensive network system at Newburgh has caused shock and alarm in the local community. Police have said that the tunnels – described by one officer as “ridiculously dangerous” – stretched for “a few metres” into the dunes near Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club and were lined with driftwood similar to a simple mine shaft.

Local constable Ian Ivancic pointed out last night that the dunes were a “naturally unstable environment” and that tunnelling would put “lives at risk”.

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