Fearsome-looking ancient trap used to catch human beings stolen from Scottish musuem

A powerful trap designed hundreds of years ago to catch human beings has been stolen from a museum

By Stephen Wilkie
Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 1:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 1:15 pm

The fearsome device, which was made specifically to cripple poachers and trespassers, was taken in a raid from Deer Abbey in Mintlaw, near Aberdeen.

Police Scotland said the trap was hanging on the entrance wall of the ruined building and is believed to have been stolen sometime between the afternoon of Tuesday June 14 and the following day.

Bosses at Historic Environment Scotland, which maintains the building, said the theft was “unacceptable”.

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The mantrap was designed to cripple a poacher or trespasser

Peter McGrath, head of physical security at the organisation, said: “Theft from historic sites, whether on our estate or in the wider historic environment, is unacceptable.

“Acts such as this can cause irreparable damage and mean that we can lose pieces of our past forever.”

Police Scotland are investigating and Inspector Rory Campbell said inquiries in to the theft are “ongoing”.