Family's disgust after thieves swipe flowers from Darlington cemetery

The Advertiser Series: DEVASTATED: Maurice Crang visits his parents' grave in Darlington's East Cemetery where thieves have stolen flowers that were left on their grave. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT DEVASTATED: Maurice Crang visits his parents' grave in Darlington's East Cemetery where thieves have stolen flowers that were left on their grave. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

A FAMILY has slammed heartless thieves who swiped a handcrafted bouquet of artificial flowers placed by their grandparents’ graveside.

The lovingly-created bouquet was left in a flower pot in memory of Kathleen and Seymour Crang at their graveside in East Cemetery, in Geneva Road, Darlington.

Their granddaughter, Victoria Britton, discovered the pot had been taken on her weekly visit to their grave.

She said: “It does upset you and it is the third time it has happened now.

“They are your family and they are supposed to be at rest now but it is not obviously happening when someone is coming and pinching things.”

Mrs Crang died in 2008 aged 82 and was buried alongside her late husband, who passed away more than 30 years ago.

Their family, which includes more than 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, regularly visit their grave and replace the flowers around three times a year.

Last summer they were horrified to discover one bouquet had been used as a football by children playing in the cemetery.

Ms Britton said: “We only put the most recent flowers down in March, and they are expensive to replace.

“You do not want to spend lots of money on them when you don’t know whether they will stay there or not.”

Her father Bobby Britton and late uncle, Peter Crang, are also buried in the cemetery.

“My dad liked travelling in his caravan so we got a toy caravan to put on his grave, but that was taken as well,” she said.

“You worry who it is going to be next – will it be my grandparents, my uncle or my dad?”

A spokeswoman for Darlington Borough Council, which manages the cemetery, said the authority was aware of the most recent incident.

She said: “We will continue to work with the police to deter antisocial behaviour.

“The cemetery is unmanned and so appeal to the public to remain vigilant and report any further incidences to either the police or ourselves.”

Police are investigating the incident, which is believed to have happened between Friday, May 16 and Monday.

PC Simon Morris, of Darlington police, said: “It is horrendous.Thieves are not my favourite people at the best of times but stealing from somebody’s grave is as low as it can get and has caused a lot of upset for the family.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting incident number 19052014-0231.

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3:32pm Wed 21 May 14

Tregeor says...

A few small, discretely hidden cameras would soon put a stop to these terribly upsetting crimes.
A few small, discretely hidden cameras would soon put a stop to these terribly upsetting crimes. Tregeor
  • Score: 21

8:35pm Wed 21 May 14

darloboss says...

this is darlington if its not nailed down some scummy low life will nick it
this is darlington if its not nailed down some scummy low life will nick it darloboss
  • Score: 5

10:00am Thu 22 May 14

thehogman says...

I feel for the family who obviously get peace of mind visiting deceased relatives; however on my visit to any cemetery the one thing that tends to devalue and cheapen mourning is the display of plastic or artificial flowers or indeed teddy bears, toys and any other manner of inappropriate grave decoration. The dead get no pleasure at all from these items, whats-more these items are open invitation to useless halfwits to rampage through and destroy the tranquility of graveyards
I feel for the family who obviously get peace of mind visiting deceased relatives; however on my visit to any cemetery the one thing that tends to devalue and cheapen mourning is the display of plastic or artificial flowers or indeed teddy bears, toys and any other manner of inappropriate grave decoration. The dead get no pleasure at all from these items, whats-more these items are open invitation to useless halfwits to rampage through and destroy the tranquility of graveyards thehogman
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Thu 22 May 14

SachaH says...

That comment is absurd nothing can devalue and cheapen mourning what a thing to say. A family is entitled to mourn for their loved ones in anyway they see fit. Artificial flowers allow a persons grave to be bright & colourful a much better option then graves with dead flowers covering it! As for teddies and toys I really think you need to have some compassion the grave yard is the closet place a parent or relative can get to their loved ones, for parents who have lost children their resting in place is their new bedroom they want it to look beautiful and cared for full of toys just as their bedrooms would have been parents want every possession their child loved to be as close to them as possible this may not give you or anybody else comfort but if it gives comfort to a grieving loved one then nobody has the right to belittle it!

as for these 'items' been an invitation that's pathetic a grave yard is a place where only somebody visiting a loved one should be it's not a place for people to have a nose and the bottom line is if children regardless of age were brought up with manners & morals they wouldn't even contemplate taking something from a grave as theft alone is terrible to steal from a grave is appalling I was brought up to respect the dead & the living it's a shame other people don't feel the same.
That comment is absurd nothing can devalue and cheapen mourning what a thing to say. A family is entitled to mourn for their loved ones in anyway they see fit. Artificial flowers allow a persons grave to be bright & colourful a much better option then graves with dead flowers covering it! As for teddies and toys I really think you need to have some compassion the grave yard is the closet place a parent or relative can get to their loved ones, for parents who have lost children their resting in place is their new bedroom they want it to look beautiful and cared for full of toys just as their bedrooms would have been parents want every possession their child loved to be as close to them as possible this may not give you or anybody else comfort but if it gives comfort to a grieving loved one then nobody has the right to belittle it! as for these 'items' been an invitation that's pathetic a grave yard is a place where only somebody visiting a loved one should be it's not a place for people to have a nose and the bottom line is if children regardless of age were brought up with manners & morals they wouldn't even contemplate taking something from a grave as theft alone is terrible to steal from a grave is appalling I was brought up to respect the dead & the living it's a shame other people don't feel the same. SachaH
  • Score: 11

7:23pm Thu 22 May 14

bicky_britton says...

SachaH wrote:
That comment is absurd nothing can devalue and cheapen mourning what a thing to say. A family is entitled to mourn for their loved ones in anyway they see fit. Artificial flowers allow a persons grave to be bright & colourful a much better option then graves with dead flowers covering it! As for teddies and toys I really think you need to have some compassion the grave yard is the closet place a parent or relative can get to their loved ones, for parents who have lost children their resting in place is their new bedroom they want it to look beautiful and cared for full of toys just as their bedrooms would have been parents want every possession their child loved to be as close to them as possible this may not give you or anybody else comfort but if it gives comfort to a grieving loved one then nobody has the right to belittle it!

as for these 'items' been an invitation that's pathetic a grave yard is a place where only somebody visiting a loved one should be it's not a place for people to have a nose and the bottom line is if children regardless of age were brought up with manners & morals they wouldn't even contemplate taking something from a grave as theft alone is terrible to steal from a grave is appalling I was brought up to respect the dead & the living it's a shame other people don't feel the same.
Sacha h
If I met you I would shake your hand..!! Thank you x
[quote][p][bold]SachaH[/bold] wrote: That comment is absurd nothing can devalue and cheapen mourning what a thing to say. A family is entitled to mourn for their loved ones in anyway they see fit. Artificial flowers allow a persons grave to be bright & colourful a much better option then graves with dead flowers covering it! As for teddies and toys I really think you need to have some compassion the grave yard is the closet place a parent or relative can get to their loved ones, for parents who have lost children their resting in place is their new bedroom they want it to look beautiful and cared for full of toys just as their bedrooms would have been parents want every possession their child loved to be as close to them as possible this may not give you or anybody else comfort but if it gives comfort to a grieving loved one then nobody has the right to belittle it! as for these 'items' been an invitation that's pathetic a grave yard is a place where only somebody visiting a loved one should be it's not a place for people to have a nose and the bottom line is if children regardless of age were brought up with manners & morals they wouldn't even contemplate taking something from a grave as theft alone is terrible to steal from a grave is appalling I was brought up to respect the dead & the living it's a shame other people don't feel the same.[/p][/quote]Sacha h If I met you I would shake your hand..!! Thank you x bicky_britton
  • Score: 5

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