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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Couple’s fury over thefts from Carlisle graves

A grieving couple have spoken of their contempt for thieves who stole from the graves of two family members.

Stuart Bulman photo
Stuart Bulman

Lynn Robinson, 51, and her partner Stephen Bulman, 62, are regular visitors to Carlisle Crematorium because both are coming to terms with tragedies that have robbed them of loved ones.

Mr Bulman’s 31-year-old son Stuart, a service manager at the city’s Harper and Hebson car dealership, died in 2007 after an accident on Lowther Street involving a hit-and-run driver.

Lynn’s father, former mechanic John Robinson, is also buried at the Dalston Road cemetery following his death eight years ago aged 77.

The couple have been horrified to discover that the graves of both men were targeted by a thief or thieves.

Two terracotta pots crammed with flowers were stolen from Stuart’s grave. A short time later a similar pot was taken from Lynn’s father’s grave.

Nobody knows whether the same person has been responsible for the two thefts, both of which happened over the last few weeks.

Lynn, from Currock Road, Currock, Carlisle, described the person or persons responsible as “lowlife”.

She said: “Both deaths were traumatic for the family and friends of both men and each grave is visited and cared for with gifts, flowers and plants, making them as colourful and cheerful as possible.

“It’s been hugely distressing to discover that somebody could take such cherished items from a grave.

“The stolen things don’t have a great monetary value but how would they feel if it happened at a grave where their loved one was buried? It’s very upsetting.”

Lynn said that friends of Stuart had also reported that items they placed on the grave have gone missing, including a teddy bear wearing a football strip in the colours of Manchester United, his favourite team.

She has reported what has happened to the Carlisle City Council officials who run the cemetery but they said there was little they could do.

She added: “They put notices up telling people to keep their dogs on leads, so perhaps they should put up notices warning people not to remove things from graves because it’s theft.

“Perhaps some kind of CCTV could be something they would think about.”

A spokesman for Carlisle City Council said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the Robinson family.

“We understand that families want to leave mementoes at the graves of loved ones and we’re saddened that these items have been taken.

“We will be looking into the issue and what advice we can give to the bereaved.”

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