Angel statue stolen from dead child's grave in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 12:12 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 03 July 2013

Zack Burton's grave in Gravesend

Zack Burton's grave in Gravesend


A memorial statue has been stolen from a child's grave in Gravesend and police are appealing for information.

Zack Burton was 12 when he died in 1999 when he was hit by a car in Wrotham Road, Meopham, on his way to a youth club.

When his mother visited his grave in Newton Abbot Road at 1.30pm on June 26, she discovered a statue in the shape of an angel she had placed at the site was missing.

The last time she visited Zack’s grave, on June 14, the statue was still there.

Investigating officer Pc Andrew Rockall said: “This is a despicable crime that has left a bereaved mother in a state of shock.

“As if losing a child in such a terrible way isn’t horrific enough, now she must cope with the thought that someone has stolen an item that means a great deal to her that she bought in tribute to Zack.

“I am asking anybody who has heard anything about this crime or seen someone acting suspiciously in this cemetery to come forward to us in the hope we can reunite her with her son’s angel.”

Anybody with information is asked to call Pc Rockall on 01474 366010, quoting crime reference XY/019782/13, or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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