Prison for thief who stole from grave­yard

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - kirsten.beacock@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

A CITY man has been jailed for cal­lously steal­ing two trea­sured bronze an­gels from a grave and sell­ing them on for just £10.

But the fam­ily of the 21-year-old man buried in the grave at East­field Ceme­tery have crit­i­cised the 28-day jail sen­tence handed to Kelvin McIn­tyre, of Saxon Road, East­field, at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Emma Smith (25) and her fam­ily were left heart­bro­ken when the two an­gels were taken from the grave of her brother, who she did not want to name.

They were in court to see 45-year-old McIn­tyre re­ceive his sen­tence for theft, along with an ex­tra five days in jail for breach­ing a pre­vi­ous sus­pended sen­tence.

Miss Smith, of Dogsthorpe, said: “We are not happy. He should have got more for it. If he had stolen some­thing from a shop he would have got more time, but to steal stat­ues from my brother’s grave is just ter­ri­ble, he never did any­thing to any­one.

“His par­ent’s grave is near my brother’s and I had even asked him if he had seen any­thing but he said no. That’s what hurt the most, the fact he lied.”

The fam­ily, who visit the grave al­most ev­ery day, placed the an­gels on the head­stone to “pro­tect” their loved one af­ter he died five years ago.

They ar­rived at the ceme­tery on June 6 to find them gone and were even more dev­as­tated when they dis­cov­ered McIn­tyre had sold the pre­cious an­gels on for £10. The new owner only re­alised they were stolen af­ter see­ing a po­lice ap­peal in the Evening Tele­graph.

A Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokesman said: “We had in­for­ma­tion that a statue had been seen in a house in Peter­bor­ough. McIn­tyre had sold the statue to some­one who had then given it as a gift to their mother in good faith and the an­gels were recog­nised from the pic­ture.”

Miss Smith has thanked the ET reader for re­turn­ing the trea­sured items. She said: “We are grate­ful and happy to get them back so thanks for com­ing for­ward, it is ap­pre­ci­ated.”

SCENE: East­field ceme­tery, where two bronze an­gels were stolen from a grave.

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