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SICK THIEVES have stolen a parents' memorial from the grave
of a teenager who tragically fell to his death at cliffs in
and Mary McColm are devastated after finding the black cocker
spaniel ornament missing from their son's grave in Glebe Cemetery
in Stranraer. It took more than a year to find the exact ornament
that matched their son's pet dog. And James, 7 Belmont Road,
told the "Free Press" this week
go up to his grave every night and I felt sick when I saw
that it had been stolen".
McColm died two and a half years ago when he fell 100ft down
cliffs at Dunskey Castle. His parents hunted non-stop to find
an ornament that matched his cocker spaniel. But, it was not
until a year and a half after their son's death that they
finally managed to track one down. That success has now been
smashed by the thieves.
spaniel about four inches high was taken from the front of
the headstone. James said
obviously has great sentimental value and it was not just
bought there and then.
we eventually found it we were very pleased because we found
grey ones and brown ones but it took us about a year and
a half to find a black one".