Police in the Scottish Borders have described the thefts of six solar lights from the graves of babies in Melrose as sickening. They are appealing for information about the theft from gravesides at Wairds Cemetery near Melrose.
Between Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 10th June 2012, six solar powered lights were taken from the graveside of three baby siblings who sadly died in 2010.
The graves are in an area specifically for babies and the lights had been placed there by the babies parents as they did not like the thought of them being left alone in the dark.
A Police spokesperson said:
“This is a sickening incident which has caused significant stress to the babies parents and family. We are particularly keen to trace whoever is responsible for this theft and appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact police”
The former Melrose RFC player Kelly Brown - who also played professionally for Border Reivers and for Scotland - will captain Saracens at the Melrose 7s tournament this month. The London club stepped in at short notice when another team, Bay of Plenty from New Zealand, dropped out.
"We are disappointed that Bay of Plenty will not be present but delighted that Saracens have agreed to take part. It illustrates well the standing of Melrose Sevens that a club of Saracens standard are so keen to participate. Within an hour of discussing the matter at our Sevens meeting on Thursday evening, we had agreement in principal from Saracens and we are very grateful to Kelly Brown for his involvement. This will not affect the draw as Saracens will slot into the spot vacated by Bay of Plenty”.
The current Premiership Champions Saracens will play at Melrose Sevens for the first time this month. Organisers of the annual seven-a-side tournament had been disappointed when New Zealand's Bay of Plenty dropped out.
However, Saracens agreed to step in at short notice. The tournament will go ahead on April 14th.