POLICE Scotland is investigating after a historic monument was vandalised in Forres.
The glass casing around Sueno's Stone, a pictish artefact, has been smashed with three of the surrounding panels in smithereens.
The obelisk is located in a quiet spot behind Victoria Road,near Croft Road, within a stone's throw of the footbridge which spans the A96.
Historic Environment Scotland are also conducting an emergency survey, and liaising with police.
The Gazette believes that they discussing whether they can carry out an operation to remove the shards of glass which are falling out in bits, posing a danger to the public.
Local councillor George Alexander went along to survey the damage.
"I’m surprised that it has broken so easily," he said, "In my opinion, the broken glass needs to come out as soon as possible, because if we have high winds like we had over Christmas, the windows will fall out."
Mr Alexander also highlighted a pile of stones which have been left on the ground near to the monument, which look like the projectiles used to cause the damage.
He said: "They look like they have been brought here specificallyfrom somewhere else."
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