Coal lot of bother as Rosewell opencast is attacked by vandals

Environmental campaigners have claimed responsibility for a vandal attack on an opencast coal site near Rosewell which is believed to have caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Digger and dumper trucks at Scottish Coal’sNewbigging site were sabotaged, with liquid and sand poured into their air intakes and gear sticks and control levers broken off, sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. The culprits – who Lothian and Borders Police believe to be environmental activists – also scrawled offensive slogans on portable cabins.

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