Police turn poets to catch graveside flower snatcher

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Police have turned poets in a bid to catch a heartless thief who is stealing flowers from graves in a country churchyard.

For months, floral tributes left on graves at the quiet cemetery in Monks Eleigh have been snatched and, in spite of extra police surveillance, the wreaths are still disappearing.

Now the local neighbourhood police team have composed a poem appealing to the flower snatcher’s conscience.

They have put up copies in the village which is home to around 500 people. It reads:

The loss of a loved one brings a sense of sorrow,

A space inside – so

empty and hollow.

All we can do now

to show we cared,

Is to lay flowers at a grave for feelings we shared.

Please admire not take our bouquets and our wreaths,

Pray you’re not a victim of this terrible grief.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “There have been a spate of thefts from graves which has been very upsetting.

“We have tried to identify the offender through house-to-house inquiries, asking postmen and delivery drivers and others in the village, but so far without success.

“The crimes were often not reported for some days or even weeks afterwards when the crimes were committed, so it was difficult and we have even considered CCTV monitoring.

“But now, as a last resort, officers have composed a poem in the hope that the thief might see it and realise the pain and anguish that he or she is causing.”

Anyone with any information on the thefts should contact Suffolk Police by calling 101.