A heartbroken dad has slammed the “callous” thieves who he believes have struck for a second time and stolen a memorial for his baby son.
John Carroll, 34, said he was devastated when he woke on Thursday morning to discover that someone had taken a Scottish flag he put up to honour his son on the day he died.
Earlier this month, in the days following his son’s funeral, two Celtic cross grave markers destined for his grave were also stolen.
John believes the same group of people is involved and he is determined to find out who the thieves are.
John and his partner Kim Emslie’s little boy Jacob was born by emergency caesarean section nine weeks early in September but died 36 hours later.
John said: “On the day Jacob died I put up an Irish flag and a Saltire outside our house to honour and commemorate our little boy.
“They have been there ever since. Last night I heard a lot of girls’ voices outside our house but I didn’t think too much of it.
“However, I got up this morning to discover that the Scottish flag had been taken.
“When I went down into the garden I also saw that one of my sheds had been opened, although it doesn’t look like anything has been taken.
“This is so disrespectful and has caused us a huge amount of distress.
“Coming on top of the grave markers being taken it’s just too much to bear in the days following our little boy dying.
“We were very upset someone thought it was all right to take the markers and now this has happened. I believe the same group of people are involved.
“I don’t know what kind of callous thieves could take things that are in memory of a dead baby. It’s totally disgusting. Someone must know who is doing this.
“I have reported this to the police and they are coming today.”
John and Kim buried their son at Happyhillock Cemetery in Montrose on September 25.
So far there has been no sign of the 2ft concrete Celtic crosses and police inquiries into the theft are continuing.
John added: “Someone has had to come straight up on to our landing to steal everything.
“The crosses must have been stolen by someone who was either driving a van or two people who were prowling the streets.”