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Carlisle woman distraught after thieves steal from her mother's grave

A distraught woman has hit out at thieves who stole a wreath and ornament from her mother’s grave.

Graveyard thefts photo
Louise Wannop, front left, at her mother’s grave in Carlisle Cemetery with family members, back, from left, Frankie and Leona Hull, Katrina Wright and Sally-Ann Slessor, and Coleen Wright, front right

Louise Wannop, of Langrigg Road, Morton Park, Carlisle, contacted the News & Star in tears after not one but two items were stolen from the grave site, in Carlisle Crematorium, in Dalston Road.

Eilleen Hodgson died 18 months ago at the age of 64, leaving daughters Leona Hull, Katrina Wright and Louise, and son Frankie-boy Hull.

“They stole a big wreath which my sister spent hundreds of pounds on,” 42-year-old Louise explained. “It was purple and beautiful. Then [overnight on Monday] someone stole a big ceramic tea cup and saucer with a flower arrangement in it.

“Today my brother and I are going to lay our big wreath. Are they just going to steal that too?”

Louise is certain that the first wreath was stolen, as it had been staked into the ground with five or six heavy-duty tent rods.

“They took the card and butterflies [off the wreath] and left them on another wreath,” she added. “We are just absolutely devastated: words can’t describe. It is only our second Christmas without mum. Please leave our stuff alone.”

The family now feel they are being targeted – especially as a wreath was taken from their cousin’s grave last year.

“It is hard enough coping without her,” Louise continued. “We are from a big travelling family and for somebody to do this, especially at Christmas, is devastating.

“This is somebody’s mum, granny, sister and aunt. How could someone do this?”

She is now appealing for people in the cemetery to remain vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously.

Have your say

Taken & stolen are two different concepts. Cemeteries, Churchyard Managers/Clerics
uphold codes of practice regarding
permissable acts of remembrance respect in consecrated or woodland grounds. Many places of rest do not accept idolistic artefacts,ornaments, silk flowers, dingle dangles or items not in keeping with local acceptable aesthetic reverent culture for loved ones. This does not mean to say individuals cannot show deference for loved ones nor does it necessarily indicate items
be assumed stolen if Clerics, Wardens, Managers have to remove in order to uphold codes of general practice in consecrated or woodland grounds. Far from it, they are trying to keep a place of eternal rest tidy, clean,respectful, tranquil reflection free from idolatry, pettiness, theft: as a place to reflect offer respect, thankfulness for loved ones. Please stop assuming items are stolen, concentrate on efforts Managers make to keep woodland grounds, cemeteries, churchyards clean, tidy, in keeping with a place of permanent rest & eternal tranquility
rather than trying to make them an idolistic fairground full of dingle dangles by attention seeking persons full of egotism. Flowers, plants, Bulbs, wreaths are usually the normal code of reflective practice in these places, they bloom, wither, die, grow again eternally for ever.
Let us keep it that way, avoid assumptions.

Posted by nosssumption on 22 December 2013 at 16:23

Thank you everybody who has posted respectful comments,but to those with the negative commets , the wreaths were pegged down for the wind so they couldn't possibly of blown away,we know its not about how big or how much the wreaths cost their was a number of wreaths on our mothers grave because we are a big family the wreaths were not put on for show or competition. the article was put in the local paper for respect to other familys who have also had items stolen from their loved ones,have a bit of repect and keep your not so nice commets to yourself this is a sad time for a number of familys who are mourning their family members who have passed on.

Posted by katrina on 22 December 2013 at 10:03

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