Pa­trols stepped up af­ter graf­fiti

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW - Coun­cil­lor John Martin Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil

Sir – I at­tended St Michael’s Church grounds last week to view for my­self the wan­ton van­dal­ism and the dam­age done to Burns’ mau­soleum, the church it­self and other grave­stones. It is be­yond be­lief that any­one could waste their time in such a man­ner.

This church is of great his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est, not just lo­cally, but across the world as the last rest­ing place of Robert Burns; but even if it wasn’t the des­e­cra­tion of these graves re­late to loved ones and to peo­ple’s fam­i­lies and be­hav­iour like this can­not be tol­er­ated.

I would like to pass on my sin­cere thanks to Scott McLel­lan, the lo­cal painter and dec­o­ra­tor who as­sisted in the clean-up; it’s good to see that there are still de­cent peo­ple around who are will­ing to take the time and step in when some­thing like this hap­pens, al­though this shouldn’t be some­thing that is needed.

Our com­mu­nity safety team have and will con­tinue to in­crease pa­trols in and around the area to guard against some­thing like this hap­pen­ing again, but I would also like to pass on my grat­i­tude to Po­lice Scot­land for their in­ves­ti­ga­tions which have re­sulted in the quick arrest of an in­di­vid­ual in re­la­tion to this crime.

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