Police hunt abbey raiders who stole unique stone head

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

The incident happened sometime on February 12 or 13. The carving originally decorated part of a stone arch within the medieval 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 can contact Police on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dryburgh Abbey has some of the best Gothic church architecture in Scotland and both Sir Walter Scott and Field-Marshal Earl Haig are buried there.