Home   News   Article

Family shocked at Wick gravestone vandalism


By David G Scott

Get the Courier and Groat sent to your inbox every week and swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper



The family of a teenager whose gravestone was vandalised within 24 hours of erection at Wick cemetery condemned those responsible for throwing paint on it.

Seventeen-year-old James Watt's gravestone was covered in white paint late last night or early this morning in an act which appears to have deliberately targeted the site with no signs of other vandalism close by.

James Watt's sisters remove the white paint from his gravestone this afternoon at Wick cemetery. An empty paint can was found over the wall behind them in a neighbouring field. No other gravestones appear damaged. Pictures: DGS
James Watt's sisters remove the white paint from his gravestone this afternoon at Wick cemetery. An empty paint can was found over the wall behind them in a neighbouring field. No other gravestones appear damaged. Pictures: DGS

Earlier this afternoon, James' sisters Priscilla and Frances Watt hit out at the "disgusting" act and set about cleaning off the white paint that was splashed over the black gravestone from top to bottom.

According to a council worker at the site today an empty paint can was found in a field adjacent to the cemetery.

An image shared publicly on social media drew local condemnation and shows the full extent of the paint coverage.
An image shared publicly on social media drew local condemnation and shows the full extent of the paint coverage.

Priscilla said: "We heard about it this morning. It's totally disgusting." As she wiped down the stone, Frances added: "Whoever did it is sick in the head. They'll be found out."

Members of the family shared an image of the paint-splashed gravestone on Facebook and many locals commented on the "horrific" and "vile" act.

James passed away suddenly on October 10 last year in what Frances called a "drugs" related incident.

The sisters said they will visit the grave every day now to make sure there is no recurrence of the vandalism.

Frances Watt, left, and her sister Priscilla clean their brother's gravestone at Wick cemetery after it was splashed with white paint.
Frances Watt, left, and her sister Priscilla clean their brother's gravestone at Wick cemetery after it was splashed with white paint.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a report of vandalism to a gravestone at Wick Cemetery, which is believed to have happened between Wednesday, 17 March and Thursday, 18 March. Enquiries into the matter are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident 1303 of 18 March. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Bike brake cut in school incident



Get a digital copy of the Courier and Groat delivered straight to your inbox every week allowing you to swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper - it looks just like it does in print!

SUBSCRIBE NOW


This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More
');