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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow widow heartbroken after vase wrenched off husband’s grave

A BARROW widow has been left heartbroken after a granite vase was stolen from her husband’s grave.

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DEVASTATED Yvonne Bewley, above, is heartbroken about the vandalism of her late husband, Terry Bewley’s, grave in Barrow Cemetery. One of the vases has been forcibly removed from the grave headstone. Right, a photo of Mr Bewley HARRY ATKINSON

Yvonne Bewley, 73, of Barrow, said finding her late husband’s headstone desecrated was “like going through the bereavement all over again”.

Her husband, Thomas Terence, known as Terry, passed away in January 2008 and is buried in Barrow Cemetery.

Mrs Bewley discovered the theft when she took a bunch of daffodils to the grave on Sunday.

She felt compelled to raise the issue after reading about thefts from plots at Barrow Cemetery in the Evening Mail.

“I used to read about this in the paper and it’s so wrenching, I wouldn’t have believed it,” she said.

“I wouldn’t have minded if it hadn’t been fastened down but it’s part of the headstone. If it had been a little ornament or something that had gone missing they’re replaceable.

“I was up on the Sunday before and it was fine then. My son went up after me and said he couldn’t believe what had happened. He looked all over for it, but they’re not going to take it off just to throw it away, and I haven’t fallen out with anybody.”

The black, polished granite vase, which was attached to the base of the headstone, has been forcibly removed.

Mrs Bewley was told it would cost £80 to replace but Chris Hartley, who fitted the original headstone has replaced the granite vase for free.

Mr Hartley, of Chris’s Memorials, said: “I was glad to help her because she’s a lovely lady.

“I’m quite shocked to see this has gone and will ask everyone to keep their eyes open. It’s strange it’s gone because normally it’s containers that go, not the vase, but you just don’t know these days.”

Mrs Bewley said she knew there was little that can be done to stop such thefts but wanted people to know how hurtful it is.

Cemeteries and crematoriums manager, Chris Pollard, said: “We have mentioned it to our police community support office but the actual property is Mrs Bewley’s so she needs to report it to the police.

“We can only keep our eye out. At the end of the day it’s very difficult to police the cemetery.

“When staff are there they keep an eye on things but we haven’t got anything else in place.

“We don’t get a lot of vandalism or a lot of theft.”

Have your say

once again the morons will win,if caught a slapped wrist,a pathetic appology,I didn't
mean to do it. sorry!
6 months in the morgue,see how brave they are then,or cage them in the slammer.
The yobs are still winning.

Posted by dicky on 6 February 2014 at 17:37

'We don't get a lot of vandalism or a lot of theft'.....really?? I don't think that's true. There are lots of acts of vandalism and theft in the cemetery which I know to be a fact. Get it sorted. Our dead deserve to rest in peace, they have paid their dues.

Posted by liz on 6 February 2014 at 17:21

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