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Trek fans hit back at Scouts in booze hut row.

TREKKIES accused of trashing a Scout hut yesterday claimed the youngsters beamed up their booze stocks.

The Scottish Science Fiction Forum, a group of fans of Star Trek and other shows, were kicked out of the hut after claims they owed more than pounds 300 in unpaid rent and damage caused during their meetings.

But yesterday, the group's "commanding officer" Clark Bowie, known as The Admiral, blasted back.

He said: "They have our drink, spirits and beer. There's about pounds 400 worth. I will pay the Scouts when they return these items."Scout area commissioner Ian Dow claimed he found the hut in Aberdeen littered with broken glass and stinking of cigarettes and alcohol after the Forum's meetings.

He said: "I was having to go in in the morning and try and fumigate it and get rid of the smell before the kids arrived.

"They left such a mess. There were bottles and cans and broken glass all over.

"Neighbours complained too, and the police had to be called in after a fight."

But Mr Bowie claimed youngsters who meet at a nearby shopping centre were responsible for the trouble.

He said: "On one occasion, they tried to get in and we refused.

"They started fighting among themselves and then they tried to riot with us."

Mr Bowie added the group had now disbanded because of the trouble.

Mr Dow said: "I would be happy with my cheque - and he can get his beer back."
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