Plaques from a historical site marking a famous Paisley legal case that had repercussions around the world have been stolen. The plaques, one detailing a world conference in September 1990, held in Paisley on the law of negligence, the other telling the story of how the law of negligence was created due to an incident on that very site.
Speaking on the theft, George said:
‘It is ironic that two plaques, detailing a legal decision that reverberated around the world have been stolen. Just earlier this year I lodged a parliamentary motion highlighting the 80th anniversary of ‘the Snail Case’, one of the most famous cases in the world.
‘In 1932, May Donoghue and a friend visited Paisley’s Wellmeadow Café, where her friend bought her a bottle of Stevenson’s Ginger Beer, while drinking this, May discovered a partially decomposed snail which led to a legal case being raised against the manufacturer. This resulted in the decision of duty of care being established, which was taken up by legal systems around the world.
‘I would encourage anyone who has information on their whereabouts to contact the police. It may be that these plates have been stolen to order by someone interested in the legal system, or it could be someone looking to get money from the value of the metal. Whatever the case let’s do everything we can to get them back.’