Thieves wreck new tourist attraction at Duncarron Fort

Duncarron Fort manager Malin Heen-Allan with Rosie the battering ram, shortly after the stage prop arrived on site last month
Duncarron Fort manager Malin Heen-Allan with Rosie the battering ram, shortly after the stage prop arrived on site last month

Callous thieves have targetted a visitor attraction donated by Russell Crowe to Duncarron Fort just weeks after it was installed.

The medieval-style battering ram, nicknamed ‘Rosie’, had arrived at the site near Denny last month.

It was originally built as a stage prop for the Hollywood film production ‘Robin Hood’, and was gifted to the Clanranald Trust by actor and long-term Duncarron supporter Russell Crowe.

Now just weeks later several shields - which formed the battering ram’s roof - have been ripped off and stolen.

The theft took place sometime between 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 8.

The shields - which are painted dark red and over a metre in height - are emblazoned with the three lions emblem of England.

Charlie Allan, chief executive of the Clanranald Trust, told The Falkirk Herald: “This was an organised burglary and there’s little doubt the perpetrators knew what they were after.

“The thieves must have scaled the perimeter fence to get in as the fort was secure. They were obviously very determined to get hold of them.

“The shields are priceless as they were an original part of the stage prop.

“Whoever took them must be looking to sell them on - they are too big to hang in your living room.

“I would appeal for anyone with information about the shields to contact us.”

Anyone with information regarding the theft should call police on 101, or call the Clanranald Trust on 01259 731010.