‘My mother’s fu­neral flow­ers were stolen’

Man calls for bet­ter CCTV mon­i­tor­ing at cre­ma­to­rium

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAN is call­ing for bet­ter mon­i­tor­ing of CCTV cam­eras at Break­s­pear Cre­ma­to­rium after flow­ers were stolen fol­low­ing his mother’s fu­neral.

An­drew Brown, who lives in Hare­field, said he be­lieves the flo­ral trib­ute to his mother Ruby Brown was stolen from the cre­ma­to­rium in Break­s­pear Road, Ruis­lip, some time after a ser­vice on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

Mrs Brown’s fu­neral was held at St Mary’s Church in Hare­field be­fore com­mit­tal at the cre­ma­to­rium that af­ter­noon.

Flow­ers were laid out out­side the West Chapel and left overnight.

But when Mr Brown went to col­lect them on the morn­ing of Satur­day, Novem­ber 1, he was shocked to dis­cover one was miss­ing.

“There were about eight flo­ral trib­utes laid out in a row and I no­ticed one par­tic­u­lar one was miss­ing be­cause it came from my mother’s grand­son,” he said.

“The mon­e­tary value does not mat­ter but they were sen­ti­men­tal to us and to have had them stolen is quite un­be­liev­able.

“Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for the cre­ma­to­rium should take re­spon­si­bil­ity in hav­ing it se­cured, and I know they have CCTV cam­eras but they were not record­ing the site,” he said.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber and March the cre­ma­to­rium, which is jointly run by Hilling­don and Har­row coun­cils, opens from 9am5pm, Mon­day-Satur­day.

Jean Palmer, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive and cor­po­rate di­rec­tor of res­i­dents’ ser­vices at Hilling­don Coun­cil, said it was pos­si­ble for there to be 200-300 flo­ral trib­utes left per day, and it was ex­tremely rare for one to be stolen.

“We were shocked to hear that a trib­ute had been taken and we are re­view­ing if any­thing can be done so that we can pre­vent this hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture,” she said.

Mr Brown said: “I think CCTV should not only by mon­i­tor­ing the site 24 hours a day, it should be record­ing and bet­ter care should be taken to se­cure the site to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen again.”

Has this hap­pened to you? What can be done to pre­vent it? See the let­ters pages on pages 15-16 for ways to get in touch.

n PAST FU­NERAL: Fu­neral of John Free­man, an avid scooter­ist – vin­tage scoot­ers follow the hearse in a van­gard of hon­our

Photo by Toby Van de Velde www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20135404

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