Police hunt serial 'superglue' vandal targeting Edinburgh attractions

Officers appeal for witnesses after three cases at Capital landmarks

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 6:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 6:41 am
Mum-of-two Libby Fairbairn was changing her three-month-old daughter Sadie's nappie on Friday in the National Museum of Scotland's baby changing facilities, when she realised her snowsuit had stuck to the table.

POLICE have confirmed they are hunting a serial superglue vandal targeting popular visitor attractions in Edinburgh.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after three cases - two at the National Museum of Scotland and one at the Festival Theatre.

The Evening News reported yesterday how the museum was targeted on Friday and Saturday with strong adhesive applied to different surfaces of the venue’s toilets.

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Inspector Trish Robertson, of the West End Community Policing Team, said: “Thankfully nobody has been seriously injured as a result of these incidents, however these thoughtless acts were extremely irresponsible and could have potentially harmed young children.

Mum-of-two Libby Fairbairn was changing her three-month-old daughter Sadie's nappie on Friday in the National Museum of Scotland's baby changing facilities when she realised her child's snowsuit was stuck to the table.

She had to yank her daughter free but praised museum staff for quickly blocking off the changing facilities and sending a cleaning crew around all of the toilets after they raised concerns.

Ms Fairbairn, 30, said police told her officers are looking at another incident in which a substance came into contact with a child's skin.

A Capital Theatres spokeswoman said: "We can confirm there was an incident which is under investigation by the police so we are unable to comment however we can confirm that it was discovered by our staff before anyone was affected."

The National Museum of Scotland said their visitor experience managers responded quickly to assist those affected at the weekend, and will continued to "rigorously check" their public facilities to ensure they are regularly serviced.

Inspector Robertson added: “Officers are conducting a thorough investigation and I would urge anyone with any information, of who may have seen something suspicious, to contact Police via 101, quoting incident 2808 of 27 January.”