Police investigating incidents at two historic sites in the North East

Officers from Police Scotland are investigating incidents at two historic sites in Aberdeenshire that took place in recent days

In the first incident which  took place on the 14 or 15 June Police are appealing for information following the theft of a historical ‘man trap’ from the entrance wall at Deer Abbey, Mintlaw.

Picture of the 'man' trap, on the wall of Deer Abbey
The stolen ‘man trap’ at Deer Abbey.

Traps of this kind were made illegal in 1827, but were used on large estates to catch trespassers and poachers during the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Deer Abbey ruins

Inspector Rory Campbell said

Historic sites form an integral part of our cultural heritage and far from being places consigned to the past, they are vibrant and alive, welcoming visitors from all across the globe. This ‘man trap’ was removed from a wall at the entrance to Deer Abbey sometime between the afternoon of 14 June and the afternoon of 15 June 2022.

Anyone with information about the theft at Deer Abbey can contact the Police on 101 quoting reference PS-20220620-1384

Officers in Banff are appealing for information in relation to an incident at the Historic Environment Scotland site at Findlater Castle, Sandend.

Around 1230pm on Monday 20 June 2022 a male and a female were seen using a metal detector and thereafter digging in an area which has been designated as protected by Historic Environment Scotland.

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The ruins of Findlater Castle, Sandend

The male and female are described as in their late thirties early forties, the male was wearing a white shirt with jeans with balding hair line and the female had shoulder length blonde hair wearing jeans and a pink hoodie.

PC Hussain, the enquiry officer

I would like to remind members of the public that by all means enjoy the fantastic and varied tourist attractions that Scotland has to offer, but I would say it is illegal to use metal detectors at Scheduled monuments and if convicted you could be fined up to £1000’

If you have information about the incident at Findlater Castle, contact the Police on 101 quoting reference PS-20220620-2213

Peter McGrath, Head of Physical Security, Historic Environment Scotland said

Theft from historic sites, whether on our estate or in the wider historic environment, is unacceptable. Acts such as this can cause irreparable damage and mean that we can lose pieces of our past forever.

Anyone with information about either of these inncidents can contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote the crime referent, or information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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