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Grave of Peter Pan creator JM Barrie desecrated

Police are investigating vandalism at the grave of Peter Pan author JM Barrie in Kirriemuir. Picture:  Paul Reid

Police are investigating vandalism at the grave of Peter Pan author JM Barrie in Kirriemuir. Picture: Paul Reid

VANDALS have desecrated the grave of Peter Pan creator JM Barrie.

Stones were removed from the graveside in Kirriemuir Cemetery, Angus, and moved to another part of the cemetery - an act described as “disgusting” by a local police officer.

JM Barrie was born in Kirriemuir on 9 May 1860 and was laid to rest in the town alongside his parents following his death aged 77 in 1937

At his request, he was buried in the family burial plot in Kirriemuir Cemetery and his name was simply added below the names of those who had gone before him.

The grave is a popular visiting place for tourists paying their respects.

Community councillor Major Ronnie Proctor, whose home looks out onto the graveyard, said it was “a senseless act”.

He said today: “There are a lot of good young people in the town but it’s always the case that the minority spoil it for the majority.

“This is an iconic place where many tourists come to visit.

“Something like this could deter people from coming to visit.

“That in itself would have a detrimental impact on the town.”

Kirriemuir PC Gail Beattie appealed for witnesses to the grave vandalism.

She Tweeted: “Disgusted to be appealing for witnesses to a vandalism to the grave of JM Barrie.”

 

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