“Absolutely deplorable! » More than 50 memorial plaques stolen from Wolverhampton Cemetery


The thieves struck at Merridale Cemetery on Jeffcock Road earlier this week, each measuring 24 inches by 18 inches. We think they struck at night.

The police and council chiefs said they were determined to do all they could to find the culprits – and urged scrap dealers not to accept any of the items.

Councilor Steve Evans, cabinet member of Wolverhampton Council for Urban Environment and Climate Change, said: “This is an absolutely deplorable act which we condemn in the strongest possible terms.

“It will undoubtedly make the families of those affected ill, and we are determined to do all we can to help find the culprits. The incident happened overnight and Merridale Cemetery was locked down. At the time, we therefore believe that those responsible must have either scaled the entrance gates or the walls of the cemetery to gain access.

“I would ask anyone with information that could help apprehend the culprits to contact the police on 101 as soon as possible.”

Chief Superintendent Richard Fisher, of Wolverhampton Police, added: “We recognize the devastating effects such crimes have on grieving family members.

“We are investigating to seek to identify the culprits and are asking all of our recycling and scrap metal dealers to help us by not accepting any items that may be part of this theft and to call us if anyone tries to get involved. We’ll get the word out during visits to our local dealers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 20/639096/22.


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