VANDALS have caused around £40,000 worth of damage at Forth Valley College's Alloa campus.

Police said three large windows were damaged at some point between Friday and Tuesday, July 10-14.

While their investigations are continuing, the college has hit out at those responsible and argued that students will bear the costs as funds are reallocated to pay for new windows.

A spokesperson told the Advertiser: "We are extremely frustrated at the mindless damage that was inflicted on our Alloa campus recently.

"The result is that three large, expensive windows will now have to be replaced, which is not ideal given that colleges are already facing financial challenges due to the current crisis.

"Sadly, going forward, this vandalism will no doubt impact upon all students from the Clackmannanshire area who attend Forth Valley College, as vital funds will need to be redirected to cover the cost of the replacement glass.

"Investigations are ongoing, and we are liaising with the local police to look at our CCTV footage in the hope of identifying the culprits, who put themselves and others in danger of serious injuries while trying to break the windows."

The spokesperson added: "We would appeal to anyone who may know of any relevant information in relation to this matter to contact the Alloa police as soon as possible.

"Likewise, if anyone sees anything suspicious going on in or around the Alloa Campus premises in the future, they should call the police and report it as soon as they can."

Clackmannanshire Council Leader Ellen Forson has also hit out at those responsible.

Writing on Twitter, she said: "This is so disappointing. The college supports so many young people.

"This damage and its associated costs can only impact adversely on this and perhaps even on those who took part in the vandalism."

Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact the police on 101, quoting incident references 1560 of July 11, and 0746 of July 15.