Flag re­turned to grate­ful owner

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A FLAG in sup­port of Dun­beg mo­tor­cy­cle racer John McPhee that was stolen by a ‘ va­grant’ has been re­turned af­ter be­ing found by po­lice.

The be­spoke flag was taken on Mon­day evening be­fore the man, who is be­lieved to be home­less and walk­ing across Scot­land, made a vic­tory dance in front of the Dun­beg shop’s CCTV cam­era.

An out­raged Mur­ray Young, one of the own­ers of the shop, took to Face­book to rant about his miss­ing flag that he had spe­cially made.

He put some footage of the man on­line in or­der to find him and have his flag re­turned.

That’s when Po­lice Con­sta­ble Jade Suther­land, from Oban Po­lice Sta­tion, stepped in. She picked up on a lead from one of the com­ments on the Dun­beg shop Face­book page.

Con­sta­ble Suther­land then worked with her col­leagues Con­sta­ble Lara Noble and De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Alas­dair De­war, who found the man near to Balvicar and re­trieved the flag.

The man, who has not been named by po­lice, was then given an of­fi­cial warn­ing for theft. He was also of­fered help and sup­port by of­fi­cers for a num­ber of is­sues.

PC Suther­land re­turned the flag to Dun­beg Stores and into the safe hands of Mr Young and his col­league Wil­lie Dun­lop. Mr Young said: ‘Great work all round.’

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