McKandie family ‘devastated’ by theft from resting place

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Police investigating theft of items from Keiran McKandie’s resting place.

THE FAMILY OF Moray teenager Keiran McKandie have issued a heartfelt plea for items removed from his place of rest to be returned.

16-year-old Keiran was killed when his bike was hit by a car on the B9010 close to his home at Miltonduff in March.

Hundreds attended a memorial service for Keiran, a keen downhill mountain bike enthusiast who spent much of his time with friends practicing the sport.

It has emerged that items were removed from his place of rest, prompting an appeal by Keiran’s mother, Sandra, who said: “It is with a heavy heart and with great sadness that we have to report that items have been removed from Keirans place of rest.

“If the person or persons could return these items we would be extremely grateful.

“There are no words to describe the devastation that we are going through at this time and the removal of these items further increases the pain. Please can you show some compassion and return these items.”

Last night a police spokeswoman confirmed that items had been removed, saying: “Officers are investigating theft from a grave within Pluscarden Cemetery at some time between 4.30pm on Sunday and 4pm on Monday.”

Anyone who may have information is being asked to contact police on 101.

The shock for the family came as they continued to plan a special event this month to mark Keiran’s 17th Birthday. Family and friends organised the event to raise funding for defibrillators that would be carried on police road traffic vehicles in Moray.

Individuals and companies have already responded by donating items valued at over £5000 for a raffle and auction at the fundraising event in Miltonduff Hall on Saturday, June 25.