Melrose sevens link to missing umbrella stand in shape of huntsman

A distinctive brolly stand that could be worth around £1,000 has been stolen in Melrose.

It’s in the shape of a huntsman and disappeared over the weekend of Melrose rugby sevens.

The red, green and black umbrella stand was taken from outside property in Buccleuch Street.

Police say it disappeared sometime between 5.30pm on the Saturday and noon the following day but was only reported missing on Thursday.

After Buccleuch Street the hunstman was spotted in Market Square on Sunday night but hasn’t been seen since.

Police confirmed the theft today and put the value at between £300 and £1,000.

A Police Scotland spokesman commented: “This is an unusual theft of a fairly distinctive item and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us reunite it with its rightful owner.

“Melrose would have been extremely busy over this weekend and anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in Buccleuch Street or Market Square is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with any further information relating to the theft of the umbrella stand is also asked to get in touch.”

Information can be passed to police on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.