Police investigate suspicious electrical faults at County Buildings

Tayside Police have been called in to investigate electrical faults at Angus Council’s offices at the County Buildings in Forfar, writes Janet Thomson.

The police confirmed this morning they are carrying out enquiries into a number of what were initially believed to be unexplained electrical faults at the premises.

The investigation relates to a number of incidents at the building which resulted in damage to electrical plugs and sockets.

A joint investigation by Tayside Police and Tayside Fire and Rescue has established that the causes of these incidents, which occurred during April, are suspicious.

Detective Inspector Ally Waghorn, who is leading the investigation said: “Although the damage identified is relatively minor and no one has been injured as a consequence of these incidents, the potential for harm and indeed significant damage is clear. I would appeal to anyone who can assist us with our enquiries to get in touch with us.”

During the course of the investigation to establish the full set of circumstances surrounding the incident, Tayside Police officers will be speaking with staff and visitors to the council building.

At the same time they would appeal to anyone who has information useful to enquiries to call them on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

When contacted this morning a council spokesperson said: “Other than to confirm that Angus Council is assisting Tayside Police the council is unable to comment further as the matter is the subject of a formal police investigation.

“The council stresses that work to rectify the original electrical supply problem at County Buildings continues.”