Family hurt by grave theft

A CUDDLY toy stolen from the grave of a Long Melford woman’s young relative, has left her questioning why anybody would want to cause a family such “hurt”.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she had come forward after reading about a similar case in the Free Press last week, and that it wasn’t the first time mementos had been taken from graves in the village’s cemetery.

She said: “We put a toy rabbit on my granddaughters grave a few weeks ago and when we came back it was gone.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to make a family suffer anymore than they already have in losing a loved one.”

The woman added that a china angel placed on the same grave earlier last year had also gone missing.

“The hurt that these actions cause just isn’t necessary,” she said.

“Why would someone want to steal from a grave.”

Linda Goodban, clerk for Long Melford parish council, who look after the cemetery, said: “We’re aware that items have gone missing from graves and are doing all we can to keep a look out for anyone who may be responsible for the thefts.”

Last week another resident in the village revealed that holly and berries planted in a pot beside her parent’s graves was stolen before Christmas.