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Family anguish over stolen gravestone
6:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A FAMILY is appealing for help after a gravestone was stolen for the second time.
The headstone, laid in memory of Stanley and Anne Clare, has been taken from the graveyard at St Alban's Church on Bewsey Street. A stone bible engraved 'mum and dad' was also removed.
Son Anthony Clare, aged 60, returned from a two week holiday on Sunday to make the 'devastating' discovery as he went to the grave to leave flowers.
He said: "I don't understand how somebody could desecrate a grave.
"I haven't got a name for someone who is willing to do that.
"This has effected the whole family."
It is only six months since the first headstone for Mr and Mrs Clare was stolen.
Police were informed but it was not recovered and no arrest was made.
Mr Clare replaced it six months ago but following the latest theft says he will not do so again, fearing a repeat.
He is appealing for anyone who has seen the headstone or ornamental bible to contact police. "I don't think there is much chance of us getting it back but it maybe there's someone out there with a conscience," added Mr Clare.
The headstone is made of black stone with the names of Mr and Mrs Clare in gold writing.
The bible is also engraved in gold writing.
Both were taken at some point over the last two weeks.
Anyone with information can call police on 101.
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