A man has been charged by police in connection with the tack attacks that have blighted a Moray community for months.
The 52-year-old man is accused of culpable and reckless conduct after a number of screws were left on roads in New Elgin. The two attacks occurred on October 29 in the Anderson Drive area and on December 3 in the Bezak Street area.
Residents have complained of nails and screws being strewn across streets for a about three years and repair bills to replace burst and damaged tyres have run into thousands of pounds.
Council wardens have worked hard to unmask the culprit, with reports of tacks sporadically appearing on roads and car parks on or around Anderson Drive, Bezak Street and Robertson Drive.
Despite the best efforts of the police, who have gone door-to-door as they tried to garner vital clues, a suspect has never been charged, until now.
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Elgin South councillor John Divers said he was aware of one person who has had six or seven tyres replaced and said the actions of the person responsible had the potential to cause “a serious injury”.
Detective Constable Rosanagh Davidson thanked the community for its support and said: “Putting tacks and screws on the road creates a hazard for other road users and it is fortunate that there have not been serious consequences.” It is anticipated the man will appear at Elgin Sheriff Court at a later date.