Hartlepool pensioner’s anger after thieves steal from his daughter’s grave

Arthur Flanagan was left 'very angry' after discovering the theft.

Arthur Flanagan was left 'very angry' after discovering the theft.

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A pensioner has hit out at ‘sickening’ thieves who stole sentimental items from his daughter’s grave.

Arthur Flanagan, of Hartlepool, was left shocked earlier this month when he discovered that a 12-inch white stone angel and three white stone cherubs had disappeared from daughter Catherine’s grave.

It’s so sickening. What do they get out of it?

Arthur Flanagan

Catherine died aged just nine weeks in 1975, and the items had been on the head of her gravestone for about 12 years.

Police are now appealing for information after the items were taken from Stranton Cemetery, in Hartlepool. Mr Flanagan, 68, and his wife Jenny have been left dismayed at the incident.

He said: “We don’t know who would do something like this.

“It’s so sickening. What do they get out of it? It’s not right at all.

“I go to Catherine’s grave every couple of weeks to put fresh flowers there, and I was really angered when I saw the items had gone.

“It has made me very angry, because they have great sentimental value.

“The cherubs were super-glued onto the headstone, but they still got them. You don’t want to think anyone would do something like that.

“There are lots of other things we’d like to put on there, but we daren’t now.”

The incident happened between September 28 and October 5.

Anyone with information about the incident, or anyone in the area who may have been seen to be acting suspiciously, is asked to contact Pc Adam Godfrey on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.