Disgust as online shop tries to profit from tragic disappearance by selling Corrie McKeague merchandise
PUBLISHED: 13:03 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 01 August 2017
An online shop provoked outrage after advertising a range of Corrie McKeague mugs, T-Shirts, hoodies, necklaces and even leggings featuring family photos of the missing RAF Honington gunner.
The online store, which was hosted on an American site called GearBubble, sold the items for as much as £23 – with two different photos of Corrie lifted from social media after they were posted by the family.
The website allows anyone to set up a shop and sell customised products. The family contacted them and asked them to remove the #FindCorrie store.
The person behind the store said he was going to take the items down, after saying he was misled by someone claiming to be from the family asking him to create the items. He did not make any money from the shop and it was closed by August 1.
Corrie, 23, went missing from the middle of Bury St Edmunds at 3.24am on September 24. Originally from Scotland, he had been based in Suffolk for three years.
His disappearance has seen high levels of public interest. A Facebook group, called Find Corrie and managed by his mother’s side of the family, has 125,000 members.
Nicola Urquhart, Corrie’s mother, said: “I would just like to clarify that this company have taken my photo of Corrie without my permission and are keeping any profits they make.
“This company has nothing to do with me or my family. I have been provided with the name of the woman apparently behind it and will be passing this on to the police.”
Inspired by the dedication of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR), who spent the first months of Corrie’s disappearance searching the vast rural area for him, the family have raised thousands for charities.
Wristbands have been sold to help raise money, which has all gone to SULSAR or other charities such as 4x4 Response.
Mrs Urquhart, a police officer with Police Scotland, said: “Please do not buy items from them believing you are helping the wonderful charities we support as this is most certainly not the case.
“I have written to the company requesting they remove the items.”
There were 34 different items available, including clothing, bracelets, mugs and iPhone cases.