Plea to grave thief: bring back candle

A thief has caused upset by stealing from this cemetery at Long Sutton. SG210715-114TW
A thief has caused upset by stealing from this cemetery at Long Sutton. SG210715-114TW

Community leaders in Long Sutton are pleading with a thief to spare a family’s tears and return a wooden based candle stolen from a gravestone.

District and parish councillor Jack Tyrrell had this message for the person responsible: “It’s upsetting that this has happened and it’s more upsetting for the family.

Please put it back – if you want a candlestick I will give you one rather than have you steal it.

District councillor Jack Tyrrell

“Please put it back – if you want a candlestick I will give you one rather than have you steal it.”

The candle disappeared from the civic cemetery behind the football field on London Road during the weekend of July 18-19.

Although the church has no jurisdiction over the site, Father Johnathan Sibley, from St Mary’s Church, described the theft as “a great shame” and also appealed to the person who took the candle to return it.

Father Johnathan said: “It’s a great shame and, for the family, will cause a lot of upset and distress.

“I am sure the family would appreciate it even if this is returned anonymously.”

Coun Tyrrell hasn’t heard of items being stolen from the cemetery before.

He said: “I am disgusted that anyone would actually do that on someone’s grave – I wouldn’t even take a flower off someone’s grave.”

l Police are appealing for anyone with information to call them on 101 quoting incident 209 of July 19.