THERE was an outpouring of anger on social media after planters and hanging baskets were damaged in Alloa last week.

Alloa First, the town's business improvement district, recently installed dozens of floral displays in a bid to enhance the look and feel of the town centre, but many were left shocked to see them knocked off to the ground.

It is believed the damage was done over the weekend of July 13-14 with planters and baskets targeted around the Candleriggs and Mar Street area.

Alloa First said police had been notified and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Wee County locals had taken to social media to express their anger in the wake of the mindless incident.

One commenter said: "Very sad. Good on the folk who try to better the area we live in. Or just make it OK.

"Why should we be classed as deprived area? Do we need to rubber stamp that?

"Loads of good people in this lovely area. Let's not let this minority away with destroying our area.

"If you know something please report it."

The displays were put in place around the town with the help of volunteers over a number of days.

Another commenter added: "We admired the work last week. [The] town was looking so colourful.

"[I] hope [the] thugs are caught and punished, [and] not given [a] slap on wrist."

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed the incident was reported on Monday, July 15, and that inquiries were ongoing.

Anyone with information relating to the vandalism can contact officers on 101, quoting the incident number 1229 of July 15.