Anger as thief steals an­gels from grave

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Telegraph - By TARA DUN­DON

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.

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