Grave robbers steal panda ornament from headstone at Hartlepool cemetery

The panda bench which was stolen.

The panda bench which was stolen.

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Police are appealing for information after an ornament was stolen from a cemetery in Hartlepool.

The theft occurred between 1pm on Saturday, September 12 and 12.30pm on Thursday, September 17 at Stranton Cemetery on Brierton Lane.

The ornament is a miniature bench which is around eight to nine inches in length and has two small pandas hooked on to a headstone.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or anyone in the area who may have been seen to be acting suspiciously is asked to contact PC Wendy Rowe on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.