The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge in Lochaber. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge in Lochaber. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Police are appealing for information after a collection box at a Highland monument was damaged in an attempted theft.

Would-be thieves tried to force open the box at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge.

The monument stands in open countryside in view of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr and commemorates the British Commandos who undertook much of their training in the area.

It was erected in 1951 to mark the contribution of the British Commando Forces during the Second World War.

Police Scotland said the damage was discovered on Tuesday and is thought to have happened within the past two weeks. Officers said the collection box appears to have struck with some kind of tool in an apparent attempt to force entry damaging the lock.

Constable Brian Heriot said: “This is a particularly disrespectful act given the location of this collection box and what the funds are used for.

“We would urge anybody who saw anything suspicious in the area or has information which could assist us to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Fort William on 101, quoting reference NP3483/18, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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