A grieving dad has condemned “disgusting” thieves who stole two crosses destined for his baby son’s grave.
John Carroll, 34, from Montrose, said someone stole the two Celtic grave markers from outside his front door in the days following his son’s funeral.
He said: “My partner and I had only just buried our two-day-old baby when some disgusting, thieving, disrespectful and thoughtless person took the markers.
“This was a despicable act that has added hugely to our grief.”
John said he and his partner Kim Emslie’s little boy Jacob was born nine weeks early and didn’t survive.
He said: “Kim’s waters broke on September 12.
“She rushed to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where Jacob was delivered by an emergency caesarean section.
“He was alive and he was put into an incubator but we knew there was really no hope for him and he passed away 36 hours later.
“We were devastated. It was a horrible time.”
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John and Kim buried their son at Happyhillock Cemetery in Montrose on September 25.
John said: “Before the funeral my dad had bought two Celtic crosses that I was planning to place at Jacob’s grave.
“These are about a foot-tall, pretty heavy and made of solid concrete.
“They must have been stolen by someone who was either driving a van or two people who were prowling the streets.
“The thief had to come up on to our landing outside our house to steal them.”
John said that he and Kim want the markers back and urged anyone with any information about the theft to contact the police.
He said: “Someone must know where they are. They are of huge sentimental value.
“We don’t care about the monetary value – we got them specially in memory of our son.”
A Police Scotland spokesman appealed for anyone with any information to get in touch.
He said: “Police are investigating the theft of two grave markers which were stolen from outside a property on Glenclova Place, Montrose.
“They are in the shape of Celtic crosses and were for placing on the grave of a recently deceased child.
“If anyone has any information which could assist our inquiries, please call 101 or speak to any police officer. Our reference is CR/23708/18.”