Art­works are stolen from cy­cle path

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Muthill res­i­dents are said to have been left feel­ing “ap­palled” af­ter two mo­saics cre­ated by school chil­dren were stolen from a cy­cle path.

On Thurs­day, Au­gust 31 two mo­saics – one fea­tur­ing an os­prey and the other a spar­rowhawk – were taken from the Tem­plemill end of the Muthill com­mu­nity cy­cle path.

The mo­saics along the path, which fea­ture a range of Scot­tish birds, were cre­ated by chil­dren from Muthill Pri­mary School with the help of Cri­eff mo­saic artist Katy Gal­braith and put in place by the 42nd Muthill Scouts.

Since the mo­saics were in­stalled in May this year, they have been en­joyed by hun­dreds of peo­ple who visit the path ev­ery week.

Lind­say Len­nie, sec­re­tary of the Muthill Vil­lage Trust, said: “It is so up­set­ting af­ter all of the work done by lo­cal chil­dren to cre­ate and install these lovely pieces for all to en­joy when us­ing the path that they would be re­moved in this way.

“The only thing we have man­aged to do is some work to the ex­ist­ing mo­saics that have not been stolen to make them more se­cure. We have not heard

any­thing else from the po­lice, but we are not go­ing to get them back now un­for­tu­nately.”

She added the vil­lage trust is de­ter­mined to make sure the mo­saics are re­placed.

Lind­say told the Her­ald: “We will get more, we will get some new ones made be­cause the posts are still in tact. We thought we had them se­curely fixed, we did not think some­one would take some­thing like that.

“The vil­lage trust is just hor­ri­fied to think some­one would take some­thing that was a school project. It is just hor­ri­ble to think some­one took them on pur­pose, be­cause you can’t see them from the road, so some­one has de­lib­er­ately gone down to take them. The peo­ple in Muthill are just ap­palled.”

An­drew Brick­ell, chair­man of the trust, added:“It is very dis­ap­point­ing that some­one would steal these unique mo­saics. They are a com­mu­nity project de­signed to en­hance the use of the path.

“We’ve had a tremen­dous re­sponse on so­cial me­dia with pho­tos of the miss­ing mo­saics be­ing shared by many peo­ple on Facebook and Twit­ter. It would be good if this can help us re­cover them so they can be in­stalled back in their right­ful place.”

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham, MSP for South Perthshire and Kin­ross-shire vis­ited the cy­cle path last week.

She joined the calls to have the mo­saics re­turned.

The SNP politi­cian said: “I was dis­mayed and ap­palled to learn of the theft or van­dal­ism of these lovely mo­saics made by Muthill Pri­mary School pupils for the com­mu­nity cy­cle path.

“I opened the first phase of the cy­cle path route last year and only last week I was there with my min­is­te­rial cy­cle helmet on and got on a bike for the first time in many years.

“It re­ally is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity effort by the Muthill Vil­lage Trust and I truly hope that the mo­saics can be re­turned to their right­ful place.

“If there is any­one out there with in­for­ma­tion that might be able to help lo­cate their where­abouts, please come for­ward.”

The theft has been re­ported to the po­lice, and the vil­lage trust are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to re­port it to Po­lice Scot­land on the non-emer­gency num­ber, 101.

The na­tion­wide force con­firmed the in­ci­dent was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Wednesday this week.

Miss­ing The spar­rowhawk-in­spired creation

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