The mod­ern grave rob­ber

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

MY wife’s fam­ily’s burial plot is in a ceme­tery out­side of town. We re­place a con­tainer with plants as of­ten as nec­es­sary. Last De­cem­ber, we found the plants had been pulled out of the con­tainer and scat­tered over the grave. Soil was ev­ery­where and our im­me­di­ate thought was van­dal­ism, but why sin­gle ours out? Then, we thought a rab­bit or a fox might be the cul­prit.

It hap­pened again and, that time, I re­ported it to the ceme­tery man­ager. ‘It’s the rooks,’ he said con­fi­dently. ‘They’ve been a real pain re­cently.’ He went on to ex­plain that one lady had paid more than £100 for white stones to cover her hus­band’s grave. ‘They took the lot over a week­end,’ he said. ‘I saw them my­self or I wouldn’t have be­lieved it.’ Henry Hol­loway, Co Ar­magh

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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