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Mystery of missing grave vases at Wordsley church
11:33am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Local
A WORDSLEY church has been hit by a spate of mysterious thefts of aluminium grave vase lids over the last three weeks.
There have been a string of incidents at Holy Trinity Church, which have prompted it to put up notices warning people to be vigilant.
Pensioner Cedric Hingley, of Kingswinford, said his family’s plot had fallen victim.
The 77-year-old went to attend a service at the High Street place of worship, as he does every week, on Sunday September 1 - at 9.30am only to find an aluminium vase's lid missing and flowers strewn about.
The family plot is where his mother Florence, father Alfred and sister Joan, who died aged seven in an accident, are laid to rest.
Mr Hingley, a retired Dudley Council worker, is calling for the church gates to be locked at night.
The 77-year-old widower said: “I’m really depressed about it.
“When I was a child the church gates were always closed at 6pm - now they are always open.
“I don’t think that’s right - when you have loved ones in the churchyard they should be safe from vandals.
“It should be a sacred place.
“The people who did this are scum - I believe when their time comes they will be pleading at the gates to come in.”
Cedric said he had checked other graves and found many more had missing vase lids.
Church curate Emma Stanford said: “It’s really been the last three weeks its become more of an issue for us, although we have only had two official reports of vase lids going missing and one of the theft of a candle.
“We genuinely don’t know why it’s happening.
“It is very upsetting for people when they take time to tend a grave and this happens.
“We are putting notices up and advising people to be vigilant.”
Ms Stanford said any decision to lock the church gates would have to be made by the church council.
She said the church has not contacted the police as it is monitoring the situation and would welcome comments from anyone who is concerned.
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