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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Boy, nine, charged over vandalism
L/Cpl Allan Douglas (Pic: Highlanders)
Allan Douglas was killed by a sniper bullet in Iraq last year
A boy aged nine has been charged after an Aberdeen park honouring a young soldier killed in Iraq was vandalised.

The Northfield skate park is to be named after L/Cpl Allan Douglas, 22, who died last year.

It was created as a community regeneration project and residents helped raise funds for the park, but 4,000 of damage was caused last week.

Grampian Police said a nine-year-old boy from the area had been charged in connection with the incident.

He will be reported to the Children's Reporter in due course.

Grampian Police said two other males were thought to have been involved and enquiries were ongoing to trace them.

'Very saddening'

A police spokeswoman said: "We are following up leads which indicate other persons were involved.

"It is very alarming and saddening to have charged a nine-year-old boy in connection with this damage, as it is exactly this age group and above that the community have worked hard to provide such an excellent facility for.

"We would encourage parents to educate their children on such matters, to assist in preventing them from causing damage to any property."

Allan Douglas was shot by a single sniper while keeping watch on the roof of an Iraqi police station.

Built on land where Allan played as a child, the play park in his memory was suggested by the local community.

His parents - Walter and Diane Douglas - are due to attend the opening ceremony on 15 September.

Representatives from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Highlanders Association pipe band and local politicians are also expected to attend the event.

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