Fountain stolen from cemetery memorial garden in 'shameful' act in Sutton Bridge
PUBLISHED: 11:33 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:33 13 December 2018
A fountain in a cemetery memorial garden where bereaved families would scatter ashes of loved ones was ripped out the ground during a theft in Sutton Bridge.
The parish council, who have branded the incident as “shameful”, said they alerted Lincolnshire Police to the ornamental fountain and its powering solar panel as missing last Thursday (December 6).
It was situated in the memorial garden at the cemetery on Bridge Road which was opened late last year.
The fountain was a silver ball and about 60cm in diameter and would provide tranquil running water near benches and a memorial wall, where ashes would be scattered and names of loved ones inscribed.
Robert Smith, clerk to Sutton Bridge Parish Council, said: “It is unacceptable and all the more shameful as the fountain helped provide a pleasant and tranquil setting where the bereaved could remember their family and friends.
“We gather that the thieves have just taken it for their own garden – but this is just desecration.
“It has been there about 18 months and this is just a real shame that someone had to do this.
“The wires were cut to the [solar] cell and then they unbolted the panel and just ripped it off.”
Anyone with knowledge of the crime should report the matter to Lincolnshire Police, who have been contacted by this paper for a statement.