|Thieves steal memorial plaques from cemetery|
|Wednesday, 21 December 2011 22:07|
Detectives are appealing for information from the community which will help them ensure justice is done after thieves stole more than 90 memorial plaques from St. Luke's Church in Whyteleafe Hill. The theft happened some time between 4am on Wednesday, 23rd November and 10am on Friday, 25th November.
Detective Constable Errol Chetty said: "At any time of year this offence could only be described as extremely distasteful, but as we approach Christmas, stealing memorial plaques from a church cemetery is truly heartless. I would urge everyone to work with us to identify and provide evidence so we can ensure those responsible are brought to justice. The price of metal is high at the moment which makes it an attractive commodity to thieves. This offence is disgraceful and we need your help."
Tandridge Neighbourhood Inspector Angie Austin said: to work with us so we can ensure grieving families are not further distressed."
Norma Haimes, who has memorials to five members of her family at the cemetery, said: "You just don't expect this sort of thing to happen. What kind of people do this sort of thing in the dead of night? These people are horrible." If you have any information please contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference TD/11/5828.
"It is very rare I am shocked but the theft of more than 90 memorial plaques from St Luke's Church rendered me speechless. Anyone capable of committing such an evil act needs to be identified, arrested and brought before the courts.
"The local Safer Neighbourhood Team is working with colleagues in CID and together we will do all we can to remove those responsible from the streets. I urge members of the community