POLICE have launched an investigation after vandals defaced a Scots sculpture with anti-SNP and Covid-sceptic graffiti.

Officers are urging the public to come forward with information after several sites in East Lothian were targeted, including the DunBear sculpture in Dunbar.

The bear sculpture was created in tribute to renowned conservationist John Muir, who was born in the town.

It had the messages “Hang SNP”, “Covid lies” and “No vaccine” spray painted on it, sparking a police probe.

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Officers believe the vandalism took place between Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10.

Fences at a nearby housing development also had messages scrawled on them.

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A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers would encourage anyone with information as to who is responsible for these acts to contact them on 101 quoting incident reference 1939 of September 11.

"Other acts of graffiti using tags such as 'Dist', 'Dist 21' and 'Districkt 21' have also been present in the same areas since April.

"It may be that these acts are unconnected, however officers would still encourage any information relating to these to be passed on."