CRIME writer Ian Rankin has revealed that thieves have repeatedly stolen a road sign bearing his name for sale to collectors on the internet.
Fife Council named a new housing development Ian Rankin Court in honour of the 53-year-old’s Cardenden birthplace.
But the Rebus author has said individuals have frequenly stolen the sign at the entrance to the development because of its popularity with fans.
He told a magazine at the weekend: “Apparently, the real sign keeps getting stolen and the person who nicks it keeps putting it on eBay, and it’s cheaper for them to buy back the stolen sign than make a new one!”
The development was built by Brenton Homes, with prices originally ranging from £119,000 to £250,000.
Rankin – who has sold 30 million novels – joked: “I was really surprised at how expensive property has become. I’m kind of being priced out the market in the street named after me.”
The father-of-two also revealed that when a special Rebus beer was launched in 2007 it came with a mystery ingredient.
He said he asked the brewers if they could use blood, but was told it was against the rules.
He said: “To celebrate 20 years of my fictional detective Rebus, the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh invited me along and we made a special beer with a mystery ingredient, which was sold for a limited period in local pubs and off licences.
“The bottled beer had the slogan, ‘Go on, murder a pint’. Now I can reveal that the mystery ingredient was fresh ginger.
“I half-jokingly asked the brewers if it could be blood but they said they couldn’t do that for health and safety reasons.”