Demolition work on an historic Aberdeen mansion frequently targeted by vandals and fire raisers has begun.
Kepplestone House, on Viewfield Road, was badly damaged in a fire in October 2014.
No one was hurt in the incident, but large sections of the listed building’s roof were destroyed.
Three schoolboys were later charged with wilful fire-raising.
The 19th-century property was originally the home of Aberdeen granite merchant Alexander McDonald, but even before the fire two years ago, it had been derelict for some time.
The site is owned by developer Stewart Milne Homes, which last year lodged plans to turn it into four homes and seven flats. However, the proposals were thrown out by councillors in April.
But residents have been growing increasingly anxious about the safety of the site and the potential for any future fire to spread.
The rear portion of Kepplestone House, which was unaffected by fire, will be retained and a new wall built around it.
Hazlehead, Ashley and Queens Cross councillor Martin Greig said: “The threat of vandalism was never appreciated by the owners and the building has become dangerous for local residents as it is adjacent to a residential area.”
John Low, managing director Stewart Milne Homes, North Scotland said: “We, along with the local community, are very keen to see this site developed with the right proposals.
“We have been working on options which meet three key criteria: namely support of the local community, current market demand and viability. Unfortunately, our previous plans did not secure support from the local authority and we need to find
out what will work for them, as well as for us as a developer.
“We remain committed to a solution which achieves our aspirations and those of the local community. In the meantime, the demolition work will ensure the site is safe and secure.”