Thief targets Tatworth Cemetery

Michael Davies from Tatworth said such desecration was 'utterly contemptible'. PHOTO: Ash Magill.

Michael Davies from Tatworth said such desecration was 'utterly contemptible'. PHOTO: Ash Magill.

First published in Somerset

A DISTRAUGHT son has put up a £100 reward to help catch whoever stole the flowers he lovingly planted at his parents’ graveside near Chard.

Michael Davies said it was the second time in two months the grave had been targeted.

He planted the red and white begonias at the cemetery in Tatworth last Thursday, July 24, but when he went back on Friday they were gone.

“On the first occasion several other graves were also robbed,” said Mr Davies, 80.

“It’s a matter of concern that there exists in our community a person or persons who are prepared to stoop so low as to rob graves.

“Such desecration is utterly contemptible.”

Mr Davies and his parents moved to Tatworth in 1942 after their home in Camberley, Surrey, was bombed.

He said: “I’m just speechless that there are people out there who could do something like this.

“I don’t think the cost of CCTV would justify it – I just want people to be aware in case it happens
to them or in case they know who did it.

“I never thought this would happen – it’is shameful.

“My father, Arthur, was a brigadier and spent most of the Second World War working in the Ministry of Defence, helping to protect this country.”

Chard beat manager Paul Thomas, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “This sort of theft is very rare, but nevertheless it’s still a theft and inexcusable.

“We make regular patrols and will keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.

“This has been a very upsetting incident for Mr Davies.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious they should call 101 and report it.”

Mr Davies said: “I want to offer £100 to anyone who can provide evidence leading to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for this despicable crime.”

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