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Police hunt woman after headstone stolen from Harry Potter graveyard

Police hunt red-haired woman with American accent after ‘irreplaceable’ headstone was stolen from historic graveyard where famous Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby is buried

  • The headstone was stolen between 10.30am-4.30pm, Sunday August 21
  • Police Scotland said they want to speak to a woman with an American accent 
  • The woman is described as 5ft 6 inches tall, with red/ginger hair and of slim build
  • The cemetery was made famous by Greyfriar’s Bobby and has Harry Potter links 

A woman with an American accent is being hunted by police following the theft of a historic headstone from an Edinburgh graveyard.

The ‘irreplaceable’ headstone was taken from Greyfriars Kirk, Candlemaker Row, between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Sunday August 21.

The graveyard was made famous by Greyfriar’s Bobby, a Skye terrier who spent 14 years sitting on his master’s grave. It later provided inspiration for JK Rowling who named several characters after those laid to rest in the 16th century graveyard.  

Police Sergeant Charlotte Crerar said: ‘We are appealing for information following the vandalism and theft of a marble facing stolen from the headstone.

‘We are keen to trace a woman who was seen in the area.

An American woman is being hunted by police in Edinburgh following the theft of a historic headstone in the iconic Greyfriar’s Kirk graveyard

Police Scotland said: ‘She is described as being around 5ft 6 inches tall, with red/ginger hair and of slim build’

‘She is described as being around 5ft 6 inches tall, with red/ginger hair and of slim build.

‘She was wearing a striped purple and white top, black bottoms, lime green socks and trainers and spoke with an American accent.

‘The headstone is of historic significance and is irreplaceable and anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0834 of Thursday, 25 August, 2022.’

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