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Thieves steal flowers from precious grave

PUBLISHED: 16:31 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 23 August 2010

UPSET: Gillian O’Doherty and daughter Louise.

UPSET: Gillian O'Doherty and daughter Louise.

RAIDERS have been stealing flowers from a memorial stone in a church graveyard. Gillian O Doherty, 57, of St Columba s Close, Gravesend, regularly visits the memorial to her mother and sister at Milton Church of St Peter and St Paul on Milton Road, Grave

RAIDERS have been stealing flowers from a memorial stone in a church graveyard.

Gillian O'Doherty, 57, of St Columba's Close, Gravesend, regularly visits the memorial to her mother and sister at Milton Church of St Peter and St Paul on Milton Road, Gravesend, to lay flowers.

Last Thursday she left three bunches of flowers at the stone and returned on Friday morning to find they had all been stolen from the vases.

Mrs O'Doherty said: "This is not the first time something like this has happened. It's really not nice and very upsetting for all of us.

"I feel it is an insult to my mum and my sister to have flowers stolen from their memorial.

"We come down here to remember them and this happens.

"We will not come down here to lay flowers any more. These people have got no respect. I want to shame these people to stop them doing it again."

The ashes of her mother Nellie Snell and sister Jennifer Snell are buried at the stone, and the family regularly visit to lay flowers in their memory.

Flowers have been stolen from the stone before, as well as vases and solar lights.

Mrs O'Doherty's daughter Louisa, 24, also of St Columba's Close, said: "They are just silly to pinch flowers from a grave. I can't believe it.

"They have got no respect."

Her niece Cherie Snell, 35, of St Dunstans Drive, Gravesend, added: "It's terrible. It is so disrespectful.

"We come down here to pay our respects to our family and they have been stolen. For what purpose?

Church warden Yvonne Lee said: "We haven't heard of this happening to anyone before, but we are obviously very sympathetic to what this lady is going through.

"Security at the church is difficult with it being an open graveyard.

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