Theft from mother's grave at Scartho Road Cemetery shocks family
A FAMILY have been left heartbroken after someone took items from their mother's grave – and put them on a neighbouring plot.
Maureen Oglesby, of Humberston, and her family were shocked and outraged when they discovered some of the 16,000 multi-coloured glass beads and other sentimental belongings were taken from her mother's plot in Scartho Road Cemetery.
Maureen's mother died in 2010, aged 85, after battling cancer, and is sorely missed by her nine children and 27 grandchildren.
Since her death they have visited her grave every weekend and have decorated it with glass beads, love hearts, cards and ornaments bought from holidays abroad – some as far as New York – in her memory.
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But on Maureen's last visit she was horrified to find someone had rooted through the items, taken some and placed them on another person's grave.
"I just sat there in disbelief," said Maureen, a shop assistant at Wybers Wood Co-op.
"It is heartbreaking enough going to the grave without finding someone has stolen from her. Knowing someone had gone through her belongings is awful. My mum would be devastated."
Maureen took back the sentiments and removed the remaining ones from her mother's grave, fearing more will be stolen.
Now the family are even reluctant to put Christmas cards and decorations on the grave, which is also shared by their father.
They did not want to name their mother because they are scared it will turn her grave into a target.
"Whoever did this is the lowest of the low," Maureen continued. "Now we don't know what to do. We said we are not going to put anything else there, but it shouldn't be that way.
"She would have loved it. It looked beautiful and people walking by would comment on it. It feels awful knowing someone could do this.
"We just didn't expect anything like this to happen.
"I wouldn't think anyone would dream of doing such a thing."
Now the family are cherishing the memories they have with their mother and grandmother.
"She was a beautiful woman," Maureen added.
"She was very independent and know she would have loved how we decorated the grave for her.
"She was also very feisty. We know she would have gone up the wall if she knew what had happened."
The family are deciding whether to inform Humberside Police.