Thieves target Ian Rankin street sign

Thieves are repeatedly targeting the street sign. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Thieves are repeatedly targeting the street sign. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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CRIME writer Ian Rankin has revealed that thieves keep stealing a road sign named in his honour and selling it online.

The Rebus author added that the builders simply buy the stolen signs back on auction website eBay as it’s cheaper than installing a replacement.

Fife Council named Ian Rankin Court after the 53-year-old in the town of Cardenden, where he was born.

Rankin said: “I got a call a few years ago telling me they were building a new street in Cardenden in Fife where I grew up, saying they’d like to name it after me.

“That’s a bit odd, I thought, but I went along to the ceremony and cut the ribbon and they gave me this metal sign as a souvenir.

“Apparently, the real sign keeps getting stolen and the person who nicks it keeps putting it on eBay, and it’s cheaper for them to buy back the stolen sign than make a new one!”

Rankin, who lives in Edinburgh, was brought up in the former mining town in Fife, and went to school in nearby Auchterderran before moving on to Beath High School in Cowdenbeath.

The street named after him is part of a development created by builders Brenton Homes, with prices originally ranging from £119,000 to £250,000.

Rankin joked: “I was really surprised at how expensive property has become. I’m kind of being priced out the market in the street named after me.”

The father-of-two keeps a replica of the street sign in the music room of his Merchiston home.