SICKENING SCUM STEAL FROM DEAD
Thieves have targeted grave twice
A Coatbridge woman has been left “absolutely devastated” after coldhearted thieves stole items from her parents’ grave.
The callous culprits struck at Agnes and Alistair Hackett’s joint plot in Colts wood cemetery twice in recent weeks.
As well as tampering with objects at the site, the crooks have made off with flowers and plants the couple’s shattered daughter Mandy Grafton specially grew to place on the grave, as well as “garden lights and a lovely glass angel”.
Thieves have also swiped ornaments from Mandy’s uncle Jimmy’s wife’s grave at the same cemetery.
The distraught 58-year-old told the Advertiser: “I was in hospital a couple of weeks ago and went to visit my mum and dad’s grave when I was back on my feet. That’s when I discovered things were missing.
“Two flower pots that I had grown and put together for them had been taken, along with some garden lights and a lovely glass angel.
“It also looked like the people responsible had moved some things and trampled about the site to steal the items.
“When I discovered the thefts my uncle Jimmy told me that some ornaments had been taken from his wife’s grave as well.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what has happened. Stealing from the dead just isn’t right and there’s no way this kind of thing should happen in this day and age.”
The grave thefts came shortly after what would have been Agnes and Alistair’s 63rd wedding anniversary and shaken Mandy has been reluctant to return to the cemetery since her ordeal.
She said: “I didn’t want to go on their anniversary as I was worried more things could’ve been stolen or additional damage done.
“I feel like I can’t leave anything at the cemetery now in case it gets taken.
“We lost dad 12 years ago and then mum died in February last year after a battle with Alzheimer’s.
“We wanted them to be buried alongside each other and it’s heartbreaking to think that they can’t be left in peace.
“I miss them both terribly. I used to go to the shops with Mum and cooked her mealsm
“This is the last thing the family and I need right now.”
Mandy, one of Agnes and Alistair’s five children, has called for extra security measures to be introduced at Colts wood cemetery.
She said: “I don’t know if there are CCTV cameras but if not then there certainly should be.
“I would also shut and lock the cemetery gates at night, although I’m well aware people could still climb over them if they really wanted to.
“Perhaps they could introduce a night watchman to keep an eye on things.
“Anything they can do to make families feel more secure when leaving things on their loved ones’ graves would be very welcome.”
A council spokesperson said: “Incidents of theft at cemeteries are very upsetting for the families affected and we share Mrs Grafton’s concern.
“We have installed CCTV at Colts wood, which we can use to try to identify those responsible. We would ask that any incidents are reported to cemetery staff immediately to allow us to investigate and also that visitors to our cemeteries report any unusual activity.”
A nyone with information about the thefts can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Heartbroken Mandy Grafton