RESIDENTS in East Wemyss breathed a collective sigh of relief after the war memorial statue, which was stolen last week, was found dumped at a cemetery in Kirkcaldy.
Callous thieves stole the statue from the top of the memorial last Tuesday evening.
It was reported missing by a village resident on Wednesday morning.
However, just before 8 a.m. on Friday, police were contacted by a member of the public, who recognised the statue from media reports, to say it was lying at the entrance to Hayfield Cemetery in Kirkcaldy.
The statue is now being stored at Levenmouth Police Station until it can be returned to its rightful place on top of the war memorial.
Inspector Donald Jenks, of Police Scotland Fife Division, said: “I wish to thank the media and local people for their assistance in the swift return of this statue. There is no doubt that without the support of local people and the local media we would not have been able to have recovered the statue so quickly.
“I look forward to the statue being returned to East Wemyss to the community that treasures it, as the statue honours those local people who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of our country.”
Insp Jenks added that the investigation is still on-going and they are pursuing several lines of enquiry.
Councillor Jim Young said: “It is great that the statue has been found and it has all been down to the media and the hardwork and diligence of the police.
“Hopefully this won’t happen again.”
If you have any information regarding the theft, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.