Abbey theft

Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating following a break-in to a church near Melrose and the theft of a unique stone carved head.'The carving originally decorated part of a stone arch within the Abbey. The sculpture is of a female wearing a headdress and crimped collar that runs under her chin.
Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating following a break-in to a church near Melrose and the theft of a unique stone carved head.'The carving originally decorated part of a stone arch within the Abbey. The sculpture is of a female wearing a headdress and crimped collar that runs under her chin.

Police are hunting thieves who stole a unique carved stone head from historic Dryburgh Abbey, near Melrose.

The incident happened sometime between on February 12 or 13. The carving originally decorated part of a stone arch within the abbey and depicts a female wearing a headdress and crimped collar that runs under her chin.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have information that can assist with their enquiries.

Police Sergeant Mark Cranston commented: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a group of four men in their 20s, who were in the abbey car park around 4.30pm on Thursday, February 12.

“The men had dark hair, a Mediterranean appearance and one of them was wearing a bright lime-green ski jacket.

“All four were seen in a Ford car and may have been visiting other Scottish Border locations during the day.

“We would also ask these men to contact us so to assist with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.