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Stone teddy bear from stillborn baby’s grave is among items stolen from Great Gonerby churchyard


By David Parker


One of the graves targeted by heartless thieves over the weekend.
One of the graves targeted by heartless thieves over the weekend.

A “callous” thief has stolen treasured items from graves in Great Gonerby, prompting a call for compassion from police.

Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses and information after two thefts from graves in St Sebastian’s churchyard, in High Street, over the weekend. Both crimes were reported on Sunday.

My husband and I are very upset and disgusted that someone could do this.
Adele Kirk

One grave targeted by the heartless crook belongs to Fraser Brian Kirk, a baby boy who was stillborn in June 2012. A stone teddy bear was taken, leaving his parents, Wayne and Adele Kirk, distraught.

Mrs Kirk, 30, of Cecil Street, Grantham, said: “Our son was born sleeping in 2012 and we bought the teddy when we buried his ashes at the church.

“My husband and I are very upset and disgusted that someone could do this. I don’t understand what they can possibly get out of it as it is of no value to anyone else.”

A second grave was also targeted, a silver teddy bear, concrete plaque and a light-up angel stolen.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We would like to remind whoever is responsible for these thefts that this is incredibly distressing for families and friends of loved ones.

“Have some compassion and thought for others and do not act in such a callous way.”

A number of enquiries are being carried out.

Anyone who may have any information in relation to them is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting incident 388 or 389 of November 22.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



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