‘Low-life’ thief steals urn from family grave

Thieves who stole from an urn from a cemetery where five generations of the same family are buried have been branded “low-lifes”.

Ivan and Valerie Noy noticed the concrete urn had been taken from the grave of Mr Noy’s family during a trip to St Mary’s churchyard in Stoke-by-Nayland last weekend.

The couple were visiting the cemetery to lay flowers in memory of an aunt’s birthday.

Mrs Noy, who lives in Bures Road, Great Cornard, said the urn – which is around 18 inches by 12 in size and is carved with grapes – had been on the grave for more than 80 years.

“It is not just a little pot and would not have been that easy to take away,” said the 69-year-old.

“I don’t think it would have been children because of the size – some low-life has done this.”

Mrs Noy said the couple normally tended to the large square grave at Christmas, Easter and at birthdays, and had discovered that two smaller urns had also been taken.

“It is quite an old grave and there are five generations of my husband’s family buried there,” she said.

“This theft has caused a lot of upset. I can’t understand why someone would take anything from a grave – they obviously have no conscience.”

Mrs Noy said she had informed the vicar about the thefts and wanted the families of others buried in the graveyard to check if they had been affected.

“I just want to make people aware, because they might not know if something is missing,” she said.

The theft occurred between May 11 and 19.

Anyone with information should contact Pc Matthew Paisley on 101.