The Scotsman – 4 June 2014

Thieves have stolen metal plaques from a statue erected in memory of SAS founder David Stirling.

The bronze plates, one of which paid tribute to all 307 Special Air Service, were removed from the plinth of the memorial on Hill of Row near Doune, Stirlingshire, with bolt cutters.

One of the stolen plaques paid homage to Sir David with the inscription: “David Stirling, founder of the SAS Regiment, 1941”

While the other carried the words: “In remembrance of all those members of the special air service regiment who have died in the service of their country and have given their lives to uphold the principles of freedom and justice.”

The statue was erected in 2002 near Sir David’s family’s Park of Keir estate on land off the B824 between Doune and Junction 11 of the M9.

Today, the director of the memorial spoke of its “desecration” by the thieves and said police were carrying out an investigation.

The retired SAS major and asked not to be named, believes the plaques were removed between May 22 and May 29, probably at night.

He said: “It had been attempted before, about four or five years ago, but they weren’t able to get the plaques off.

“Following that, we put more cement around the plaques and added extra bolts to make the plaques even harder to remove.

“This time, however, whoever has done it has come along with the correct tools and removed them.”

He believes the thieves probably scrapped a bollard next to the memorial site during the operation.

“We are all quite upset at what has happened.”

He added. “One of the plaques remembers all those who died in the service of their country and for someone to come along and desecrate that by stealing the plaques is appalling.”

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