Police are treating a fire in an outbuilding at a north-east primary school as wilful.
At about 9pm on Friday, crews were called to Monymusk Primary School where a fire in an outbuilding caused “extensive damage to its roof and contents”.
Officers have appealed for help to track down those responsible.
It’s understood play equipment was destroyed in the blaze which Gillian Owen, chairwoman of the council’s education and children services committee, branded “mindless vandalism” and”totally unacceptable”.
She added: “The school community have been working tirelessly during these strange times and to see this damage must been devastating for them.
“I do hope the culprits are found and suitably punished.”
Constable Kelsey Stewart, of Huntly Police Station, added: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of the school on Friday night and saw any suspicious persons or activity to get in touch with police as soon as possible.
“If you were driving in the area and have a dash-cam, I would ask you to please check back and see if there is any footage that may assist our investigation.”
On Saturday, a car was destroyed by a blaze that also spread to a nearby bus shelter and bushes.
Two appliances from Inverurie were sent to the scene on the A96, near the Kintore roundabout, at about 12.30pm.
No one was injured in the incident.
Motorists reported seeing “black smoke” billowing into the air and were forced to take alternative routes while emergency services dealt with the fire.
Finally, in the early hours of Sunday morning, crews from Ballater and Braemar Community Fire Stations raced to a fire near Crathie.
It had consumed a large shed, and its remote location meant access and sourcing water proved challenging.
Again, there were no injuries reported.