A group of fishermen whose boats were destroyed in a suspicious fire have renewed their appeal for information, seven months on.
Decades of fishing heritage were destroyed after a fire tore through a fleet of traditional vessels at Cove Harbour on January 6.
As a result, five of the boats – as well as accompanying equipment, sheds and more – were burned beyond repair.
But despite an exhaustive police investigation, nobody has been held responsible.
Jim Adam, the leader of the Cove Fisherman’s Association, said the boat owners are still heartbroken, and asked for anyone who knows the culprits behind the suspicious incident to phone the police.
One of the boats belonged to Mr Adam’s son, Euan, which he inherited from his uncle.
Mr Adam said: “Since the interviews after the fire, there’s really not been anything else come out.
“All we want is to find out what happened to our boats.”
The blaze came just months after the association lost a four-year legal battle with landowner Pralhad Kolhe, who sought to evict the men and their boats from the sections of Cove Harbour he owns.
Local councillor Stephen Flynn said that although seven months have passed, there is still a chance that somebody with vital information could help the police.
He said: “The impact that this incident had on the fishermen can’t be understated, particularly given the lengthy battle they have resolutely fought to retain access to the harbour.
“Although a significant period of time has now passed since January, it is my hope that someone will come forward with information that will assist Police Scotland.”
North East MSP Liam Kerr added: “This was a terrible incident, and I hope police can find those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact the police urgently.”
Detective Sergeant Sam Harris said: “The investigation into a wilful fireraising at Cove Harbour that occurred just before 3am on Sunday, January 6, 2019, remains ongoing and is continuing.
“Should anyone have fresh information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”
Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.