POLICE have slammed thieves for showing a lack of respect after they stole metal from a cemetery.
Three brass taps were removed from Stranton Cemetery, in Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, between 4.30pm on Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday.
The taps are used by relatives visiting the cemetery to allow them to water flowers and plants on the graves of loved ones.
There have been several reports of thefts from the cemetery in recent years, with some cars being broken into and items being taken from gravesides.
Police are now appealing for informatioon about the latest theft.
PC John Tyson, of Hartlepool Police, said: “The theft of these taps has proved a great inconvenience to cemetery staff.
“Relatives rely on these taps to water the flowers they place on graves, so stealing them shows no respect at all.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information on the thefts can contact PC Tyson on (01642) 302126.