December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
Further security concerns about Earlham cemetery have been raised after a grieving mother saw a memorial object stolen from her son’s grave.
Wendy Webb visited the grave of her son, David, on Thursday afternoon and found that a stone puppy statue she had placed at his grave was gone.
It follows hot on the heels of a bench in memory of Norwich youngster Maisie Price being stolen from Earlham cemetery.
“It’s a puppy dog, it’s stone and it’s quite heavy,” Mrs Webb said. “It’s maybe a foot high, I got it from a garden centre. It’s a simple item for the grave, a puppy dog with a happy expression, which I put at David’s grave as a symbol of faithfulness.”
David was found dead in his room at Plymouth City College on October 17 last year, aged just 19. His family life in Taverham had often been traumatic due to his severe autism, but he had been successfully finding independence while away at university in Plymouth.
An inquest into David’s death is due to be held in Plymouth on Friday, September 27. Mrs Webb had visited the grave last Monday, but saw the statue was gone when she returned on Thursday.
She added: “I was crying my eyes out afterwards.”
Mrs Webb has been raising funds for the National Autistic Society, to support her cause, go to www.justgiving.com/DavesAStar1
Anyone with information about the stolen statue should call police on the non-emergency 101 number.