Description issued for Seve photo theft

Maisie and Vanessa Dury with Jude Innes of J&G Innes, St Andrews
Maisie and Vanessa Dury with Jude Innes of J&G Innes, St Andrews

Police in St Andrews have issued a description of the man they want to trace in connection with the theft of an iconic photo of legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros.

While all eyes were on the Dunhill Links Championship last Thursday, a thief swiped the lenticular image from J&G Innes in South Street around 3pm.

Then man had apparently engaged a shop assistant in conversation about the picture - which comprises several photos which together create a moving image - before making off with it when her back was turned.

Sergeant Pat Turner, from St Andrews police station, said: “We are looking at CCTV footage taken from different parts of the town that day. We also have a potential witness.

The man responsible is described as being white, of stocky build, around five feet six inches tall, with a round face and short, dark hair. He had a fairly strong west of scotland accent. At the time he was wearing a red, short sleeved top.”

The image had been on sale by its owner Vanessa Dury, who has been involved in fundraising for the Brain Tumour Research charity since her daughter Maisie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was aged just two.

The picture was being sold by the family to help Maisie raise the £2740 needed to buy a tile decicated to Seve on a Wall of Hope at the Brain Tumour Research Centre.

Shocked by the theft, Vanessa said: “The shop assistant said the man had indicated he wanted to buy it. However, the minute the shop assistant turned her back he made off with it. He must’ve known it was being sold for charity as the Citizen story about our fundraising was right beside it.

“It’s not like its a small item so someone must’ve seen him with it. He apparently headed in the direction of the West Port.”

She added: “The image is one of only 12 so I know which number it is.

“People love that picture and this was all about trying to do something good with it and being respectful to Seve’s memory.

“Local people have been so supportive, and we have had some donations and offers of items that could help to raise money to support Maisie’s goal.”

Maisie said: “I am going to continue to raise money for Brain Tumour Research, most people are nice but I am sad that the bad man stole the picture. I hope he feels guilty, but it won’t put me off raising money and awareness to help people who are not as lucky as I have been. I want to help find a cure for brain tumours.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 and ask for St Andrews police station.