Graveside items stolen from Bowthorpe cemetery
14:11 28 January 2014
A distraught grandmother has spoken of her anguish after items were stolen from her father’s grave.
Sandra Carter, 42, laid a flower pot and three butterfly ornaments on the grave her father shares with her uncle in Bowthorpe cemetery in August last year.
But when she saw a picture of the grave another relative had taken at Christmas, she noticed the flowerpot and one of the ornaments had been taken, and the others rearranged.
Ms Carter, who lives in Telford in Shropshire, is not able to get to visit the grave often due to illness.
She said: “When I realised they had been taken it felt like I had lost my relatives all over again.
“I was absolutely gutted, I was so upset - we should be able to keep things there safely.
“It’s bad enough stealing from someone’s home, but to steal from a grave is unforgiveable - I don’t know how people like that have the nerve.”
Ms Carter had marked her uncle’s name on the flower pot when his ashes were placed beside her father who died in 1986.
The butterfly ornament was one of three, left in memory of her grandmother, that she had placed while on holiday in Great Yarmouth in August. Other items on the grave had also been moved.
Items have been stolen from cemeteries in Norwich before - in 2011 children’s graves in Earlham Cemetery and Longwater Lane Cemetery in Costessey were targeted by thieves and vandals.
PC Richard Walker has urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “Many people leave items at gravesides, often as tokens of love and remembrance to those sadly missed. “This behaviour causes great distress to victims and is something we take very seriously.
“I would encourage anyone visiting the cemeteries to call police should they witness anyone acting suspiciously.”
Anyone with information should contact PC Richard Walker at Earlham Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.