Police issue new plea as hunt for Horse vandals continues

POLICE have issued a fresh appeal in a desperate bid to catch the culprits who vandalised The Horse monument last year.

Townsfolk were left disgusted in November when a section of the flag pole on the historic 1514 Memorial – erected almost 100 years ago to commemorate the Battle of Hornshole – was broken off.

However, attempts to catch those responsible have so far proven fruitless as the CCTV footage is unreliable due to its poor quality.

That has led to another call for witnesses who may have seen anything on the morning of Saturday, November 19 between 2am and 3am.

The police would particularly like to speak to a group of four males and one female who have been seen in suspicious circumstances in the vicinity.

Inspector Paula Clark said: “We would particularly like to speak to these individuals and would urge them to come forward to assist us with our enquiries. We would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area around this time.

“I would also like to stress that should people wish to remain anonymous, they can pass information regarding this crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Two additional non-street lights have been installed to improve the lighting of The Horse to deter vandals.

And a spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said: “We are looking at CCTV coverage for The Horse, which would be treated as CCTV protection of a council building as opposed to being part of the police system.”

Meanwhile, police have condemned vandals who forced over a headstone at Wilton Cemetery, leaving it hanging at a 45-degree angle.

The attack, which occurred in a remote section of the cemetery, was discovered on Monday afternoon.

Police say that considerable force must have been used to dislodge the headstone which was attached to a cemented plinth and secured by two thick metal pins.

“Paths through the cemetery are frequently used by members of the public as a short cut and we would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact the police station,” said a spokesperson.