These brass plaques are very securely fitted, so those who stole them probably may have used jemmy bars or the such like tools to remove them. As we all appreciate this act of the violation of these from graves is without question unforgivable, to the sadness and heartache of those left behind as a remembrance of their loved ones, and Kent Police are hoping that with the heartfelt assistance of the public...these despicable thieves will be found...!!!
The plaques, reported to be worth £80 each, were reported stolen on 11 May from the cemetery in Welland Road, Tonbridge. Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to contact police.
Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Sparkes said: “Stealing plaques that have been produced by the bereaved in memory of loved ones is heartless, to say the least. I’ve no doubt that they were taken for their scrap metal value, without any thought for the significant impact this will have on family and friends of the deceased. I would urge anyone who is offered plaques for sale, or who thinks they know who is involved, to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Tonbridge and Malling neighbourhood policing team on 101 - Quoting incident reference 11-0682.
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
If anyone believes they might be a victim they are asked to contact - The Tonbridge Cemetery Office - 01732 876357.