It has been a very grim couple of days in Arbroath.
On Tuesday morning two young girls were playing on the beach at Arbroath when they opened up a black bag they found lying about. Inside this was a Lidl shopping bag, and inside that was a severed human female head. Two severed hands were later found. You can read the story here.
The two kids were understandably shocked, horrified and traumatised by their find. I was interviewed on TV and expressed the shock of the community at news of this incident, sadness for the woman who lost her life and concern for the welfare of the two young girls who had made the grim discovery.
Next morning I got a very kind email from the Mum of the girls thanking me for what I had said, but also asking for help in dealing with what seemed to be quite aggressive media interest in her and her family.
I was glad to help in my small way. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons in all of this has come from the Mum herself who, despite being by no means wealthy, has consistently declined offers of money, holidays and gifts from the media, who quickly tracked her down and started to push business cards with financial offers for her story through her letterbox. Not only has she declined to take any money, amidst a very traumatic time for her and family, she still managed to express regret at the fate of the dead woman, and condolences for the womans family.
We have had to move her out of her house.
I was tempted to not post at all on this subject, but I think that amid all of the dreadful circumstances of this story, the mother of these children should be commended for her stance and her dignified behaviour.