Vandals have set fire to a speed camera positioned just outside a north-east town.
The culrpits targeted the device just outside Fraserburgh, with fire crews called to extinguish the blaze.
Police are now investigating the incident, which happened late on Monday on the A90 Fraserburgh to Peterhead road.
The camera, which targets southbound traffic using the 60mph route, is known as a Gatso and can cost up to £20,000 to replace.
Fraserburgh and district safety group chairman councillor Brian Topping last night said he believed a disgruntled motorist may have targeted the camera.
He said: “It is very disturbing and these cameras are here for a good reason, to keep us safe.
“I would imagine it was someone who has been driving too fast and they are trying to destroy the evidence.
“Speeding is a serious offence and we need these cameras.”
Constable Chris Cran appealed for any witnesses to contact police.
He said: “Officers in Fraserburgh are appealing for information following a wilful fireraising to a speed camera on the A90 between Fraserburgh and Lonmay.
“The incident is believed to have happened at around 11.40pm on Monday, August 20.
“We would ask that anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who has information to contact Police Scotland on 101.”
This is not the first time a device along the route has been targeted by vandals.
Six years ago the speed camera was set alight on the A90 near Lonmay, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
In 2016, the Lonmay device was again the target of fire-raisers who wrapped a burning cable around the device, causing smoke damage.
In April, a speed camera on the A90 Fraserburgh to Peterhead road near Rathen was set alight.