STAVELEY: Sick thieves strike at graveyard

Mandy Sludds and Margaret Childs with family and friends.
Mandy Sludds and Margaret Childs with family and friends.
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Sick thieves have struck at a graveyard – causing fresh heartbreak for mourners.

Joanna Furniss was shocked to discover a statue and two lights had been stolen from her ten-week-old son’s grave when she visited Staveley cemetery on Tuesday.

Mrs Furniss, of Chantry Avenue, Newbold, said: “I can’t begin to explain what I think of the people who have done this.

“It’s just absolutely disgusting.”

It is the latest in a spate of thefts and damage at the graveyard, off Inkersall Road.

Offenders stole ornaments and a light from Mandy Sludds’ dad’s grave last week.

Devastated Mrs Sludds, 40, of Fern Avenue, Staveley, said: “The people who’ve done this are just sick.

“You should be able to put things on your loved one’s grave without this happening.

“I’m shocked and disgusted.”

Mrs Sludds’ mum, Margaret Childs, 71, also of Fern Avenue, Staveley, added: “I’m very upset about it all.

“A cemetery is meant to be a peaceful place – this shouldn’t be going on.

“It’s very distressing and just beggars belief.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.