Residents urged to look after cemetery

RESIDENTS are being urged to come forward and look after a cemetery after 2,500 people signed a petition set up by the family of tragic Taylor Stallard.

Taylor sadly passed away last year, aged just four years old, after a lifelong battle with a string of conditions.

Her grieving family suffered fresh heartache when sentimental items were stolen from her grave at Stranton Cemetery.

Hartlepool Borough Council run the cemetery and they are hoping to launch a Friends of Stranton Cemetery group to try and improve security at the site.

The group was one idea put forward after the petition got the full backing of councillors.

Other ideas to tighten security include the installation of CCTV cameras, patrol from the council’s security contractors and neighbourhood policing teams and increased surveillance by cemetery staff and council employees.

Sue McBride, the council’s neighbourhood development officer for the south of town, said: “Initially, we are keen to gauge interest for the formation of a ‘friends’ group that will have a key role in helping to protect and promote the cemetery.

“I would urge people to contact me to register their interest and if enough people come forward we could hold a public meeting to discuss the way forward.”

To register interest in joining the group, call Sue McBride on (01429) 523075.