AN EMERGENCY operation got underway on Friday morning large broken panes of glass at Sueno’s Stone which were deliberately smashed by vandals this week.
A team of glaziers from Darroch and Allan were on site on Friday morning, boarding up the glass casing, which surrounds the nationally significant memorial.
Some of the broken shards were visible on the ground, having fallen out, following high winds overnight.
Meanwhile, police have put out an appeal for information, and estimate that £10,000 worth of damage has been caused.
The Gazette reported on Thursday that the three panes part of several which surround the Pictish stone, appeared to have been deliberately broken by culprits.
Local councillor George Alexander said: "I’m surprised that it has broken so easily. It must have taken a concerted effort to do that."
Mr Alexander’s attention was also drawn to a pile of smallish stones which had been left on the ground nearby and looked likely to be the projectiles used to cause the damage.
He said: "They look like they have been brought here specifically from somewhere else to do the job."
Police are asking for anyone with any information to come forward, with the incident believed to have been caused sometimes between the evening of Wednesday, 28 December, and Thursday, 29 December, 2016.
PC Jamie Walker said: "It is disappointing for the community that this has happened and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. We are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.