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Cemetery Hit By Persistent Thefts

Thursday November 13 2014

Darcy Burke Darcy Burke

A CEMETERY has been hit by a string of sickening thefts - including flowers stolen from a six-year-old's grave.

Darcy Burke, who died in April of a brain tumour, was just one who was targeted by thieves at the cemetery at Wombwell.

Darcy's sister Jade, 21, of Marsh Street, Wombwell, said: "My mum put a fresh bouquet of flowers on October 22 and four days later, they had gone.

"How low can people get to take flowers from a child's grave?

"For me to go up and visit and know that she's in there is hard, but this makes it even harder."

Flowers and plants have also been taken from next to the headstone on the plot where Pete Bradshaw's ashes are buried. Pete died aged 57 in December.

Pete's widow Sue, of Stonyford Road, Wombwell, said: "This is the fifth time flowers have been taken from Pete's grave. It's sickening to think people can come and pinch flowers from a cemetery.

"They took a blue heather plant which I had bought especially because Pete supported Sheffield Wednesday. I can't replace that because it's out of season now."

Sue, 55, said she replaced the blue heather plant on top of Pete's headstone with a white heather on Tuesday - but now that has been taken too.

"To do it twice in one week is just unbelievable," she added. "I feel sick to my stomach."

The first theft took place sometime in between 3.30pm on Sunday and 11am last Monday morning. The second occurred between 11.30am on Tuesday and 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 416 of November 3.

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Reply Posted by bfc:) on Thursday November 13 2014 at 09:36
These people are the lowest of the low..

Reply Posted by toni on Thursday November 13 2014 at 11:42
How do these people sleep at night can't believe go so low to steal from place of rest and disrespectful to those who have lost a loved 1 x

Reply Posted by sickened on Thursday November 13 2014 at 12:06
I witnessed something similar at cemetery road. A bunch of kids were blatantly stealing from graves so I confronted them to ask what they were doing and they just ran off. These children need to be taught what respect is! When people are mourning the last thing that they want is to be stolen from or witness theft!

Reply Posted by joanne on Thursday November 13 2014 at 12:08
They want a good kicking

Reply Posted by ang on Thursday November 13 2014 at 12:11
Last year we had an angel and a plaque stolen from my 4 yr old nephews grave we were devestated to think ppl can do this sort of thing ita heartbreaking its time they installed cameras or put security on to protect our loved ones Gardens sens

Reply Posted by d on Thursday November 13 2014 at 12:46
it ul be druggies or pple that are too low to go and buy some.if i ever see it bn done heads will fly.thing is ya never see any1 walking rnd cemataries making sure everything is ok!

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Thursday November 13 2014 at 14:53
Many years ago there were wardens that looked after and guarded against vandalism, now these wardens were paid either by the church or the parish, so my suggestion is that, all the Barnsley councilors take an expenses cut and that money goes to hiring three or four local unemployed people to police the cemeteries in shifts, of course, they couldn't do them all on a regular basis, but with notices erected stating that these cemeteries are on a regular basis, this would act as a deterant.

Reply Posted by Me on Thursday November 13 2014 at 15:04
This sort of thing is disgusting I just can't comprehend why you would do it I hope that they catch the perpetrators and name and shame them and throw the book at them

Reply Posted by Jade on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:53
They want a good beating. What's the world coming to!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Neil on Thursday November 13 2014 at 18:07
i totally agree I work in the cemetries and to hear of people talking about theft from graves is totally disrespectful my hearts go
Out to the loved ones of the affected God bless.

Reply Posted by Tracy on Thursday November 13 2014 at 20:59

Reply Posted by Simon on Saturday November 15 2014 at 18:07
Can we exterminate this vermin they are scum.

Reply Posted by Karen on Tuesday November 18 2014 at 23:01
cant believe how low some stoop, its abart time proper discipline was brought back i in schools start from the beginning..