Grave theft causes heartache

A BELLSHILL women has hit out at callous thieves who stole items from her husband’s grave.

Following his death nine weeks ago the family of James McCrossan had placed three black vases labelled ‘husband’, ‘dad’ and ‘son’ to mark his grave at Bothwell Park Cemetery while they waited for the installation of a headstone.

However, last Sunday when his wife Nancy went to pay her respects she found both the ‘husband’ and ‘dad’ vases were missing.

This follows a similar theft the week before when marble edging was stolen from another grave.

Nancy said: “The vases only cost £10 so we’re not worried about the value, but how could anyone steal from a grave.

“At first we thought maybe they had blown away, but they were stuck into the ground and the other one was still there so clearly they must have been lifted.

The council’s open space and cemeteries manager Ken Forbes sympathises with the victim of thefts, but does not want to deny access for genuine people wishing to pay their respects.

Full story in April 14 edition of Bellshill Speaker