Anger as thief steals angels from grave
DETECTIVES are hunting a thief who desecrated the grave of a 1-year-old man.
Emma Smith (25) has been left heartbroken after two bronze angels that were attached to her brother’s grave in Eastfield Cemetery in order to “protect him” were removed and stolen.
The lives of Miss Smith and her family were turned upside down five years ago when her brother, who the family did not wish to name, tragically passed away.
Miss Smith and her family pay daily visits to the cemetery in Eastfield Road in order to remember the short life he had.
On one of their visits last week, they discovered that the two angels on his headstone had been unbolted and stolen.
Miss Smith, from Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, said: “This isn’t the first time his grave has been tar- geted. There have been lanterns smashed or personal items left there that we can remember him by stolen.
“This is very hurtful and it has upset all of our family. It looks like it was a professional job as the grave hasn’t been damaged at all.
“Something has got to be done about this type of crime.
“We go down there every day to look after him and be close to him.
“Neither he nor any of us have done anything to deserve this.
“It is quite disgusting to think that people can treat the dead in this way.”
Peterborough City Council’s be- reavement team manager, David Adams, said the council had invested in significant improvements at all of their cemeteries, including new fences and repairs to roads and paths. They have also improved the standards of grounds maintenance.
He said that as a consequence of all of the work, the number of incidents of both vandalism and graffiti has fallen.
He added: “The police notified us last week that this theft had occurred at Eastfield Cemetery. We were not aware of the incident until then as the family had not reported it to us.
“Eastfield Cemetery is a large area, which is used as a cut through by residents, as well as by family and friends of those buried there.
“There are no council staff permanently based there, although maintenance staff, grave diggers, and a cemeteries officer are on site some of the time.”
Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 0345 456 4564.
A BARGE takes a lazy journey upsteam on the Nene in Peterborough city centre, with the Rivergate flats in the background.
ATTACKED: Eastfield Cemetery.