TWO teenagers have been charged with vandalism after one of the colourful “Coos” in Dunfermline Public Park was destroyed beyond repair.

The public art sculpture was part of the Herd on the Hill project by Central Dunfermline Community Council (CDCC), but it was uprooted, split in half and beheaded.

Two cows were placed in the park in July, but in a matter of days they were targeted by vandals. It was decided to relocate them to Fire Station Creative but one was still to be moved.

The pair were decorated by local artists Vanessa Gibson and Olga Krasanova – along with school pupils – before being sprayed with anti-graffiti lacquer by John McIntosh, of Brae Coachworks in Dunfermline.

Traditionally, cows used to graze in Public Park and before the modern herd moved back, they were guests at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

They were such a popular feature at the library that more will be created especially for the garden there.

Jim Stewart, chair of CDCC, said: “CDCC have been working with Police Scotland and are grateful to all those who came forward with information on the incident. However, it won’t restore the cows nor the damage done elsewhere in and around Dunfermline.”

A spokesperson said: “Police can confirm that two male youths, both aged 15, have been charged in connection with vandalism at Public Park, Park Place, Dunfermline on Friday October 4. A report will be submitted to the Children’s Reporter and enquiries are ongoing.”