Buildings to re-open

ANGUS Council will reintroduce staff to the County Buildings at the start of August following a plague of electrical problems earlier this year.

Long-running problems at the premises in Market Street led to the buildings being evacuated and staff being relocated elsewhere. A criminal investigation was subsequently mounted after suspicions were raised during an examination into the cause of the problems.

A council spokeswoman said: “Work to rectify the electrical problems which first emerged in February has been successfully completed. Some further upgrading work to doors and lighting is now being carried out while the building is empty.

“There will be a phased return of staff to County Building at the start of August.

“The council is continuing to assist Tayside Police with their ongoing investigation into the damage to plugs and sockets identified in April.”

The CID inquiry continues yet no one has yet been charged in relation to the damage.

Problems first began in February this year when staff began to encounter various IT issues including the loss of e-mail.

Despite the problems seemingly being rectified reports surfaced of sockets melting on walls within the building around two months after the trouble first began.

Tayside Police then launched a formal inquiry in May after a joint investigation with Tayside Fire and Rescue led them to believe that some of the incidents regarding sockets and plugs could have come from foul play.

A Tayside Police spokesman confirmed that investigations are ongoing.