Following the case of the rampant campers in the Lake District comes news that Central Scotland police are chasing vandals who have been cutting down trees in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

They are warning that anyone committing anti-social acts in the area will be prosecuted.

A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal after two men admitted chopping down the trees at Sallochy car park.

Stuart Chalmers, for Forestry Commission Scotland in the Cowal and Trossachs area said: "Woods and natural spaces provide a huge range of benefits and people value them for a variety of reasons. We want people to enjoy themselves but unfortunately a small minority of people are committing anti-social behaviour which causes damage to the surrounding area.

“It is illegal to cut down trees without the landowners permission, as well as being an act of vandalism, it also ruins the habitat.”

East Loch Lomond Group has launched a poster, leaflet and wallet card campaign. Part of the campaign encourages people to report anti-social behaviour to the police.

Chief Inspector Kevin Findlater of the Central Scotland police said: "While the majority of the public are law-abiding and appreciate the scenic beauty of the area, there is a small minority who insist on causing a nuisance and carrying out unacceptable crimes.

"Anyone caught committing offences will face the tough penalties of their irresponsible actions."