Thieves ransack grave

Bob Armstrong by his wofe's grave at the Links Cemetary in Blyth which has had some items stolen from it.
Bob Armstrong by his wofe's grave at the Links Cemetary in Blyth which has had some items stolen from it.
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A WIDOWER has been left heartbroken after thieves ransacked his wife’s grave and stole a number of precious items.

Bob Armstrong was left speechless after he visited his wife Frances’ grave last Friday at Blyth Links Cemetery to find a number of personal belongings of sentimental value had been taken.

After Frances died on March 23 this year at the age of 60, Bob and his son Adam spent time getting six Tiffany solar powered fairy lights, three butterfly lights and a statue of an angel playing a harp – whose strings lit up at night – installed at the grave.

But now everything, including wires and stands, are gone.

Bob, of Croft Road, Blyth, said: “We haven’t even had a headstone erected at the grave. We only got these items put down.

“It’s just devastating that someone could do this.

“It’s quite heartbreaking to see somebody would go so low as to do this.

“My wife’s grave is the only one that was desecrated.”

Fighting back the tears, he added: “As Frances died in March, it’s still quite raw.

“And for somebody to be robbing a grave like this, I can’t find the words.

“I can’t convey my words, I’m just gutted, I feel physically sick.”

Bob decided to visit the grave after the heavy thunderstorm last Thursday, to check all the lights and statue had not been affected by the rain.

Along with Adam, the pair had been in the cemetery at 10pm on Saturday, July 30, to see what the lights looked like during the night – the last time he saw them.

Bob added: “My son wanted

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the angel and lights as his mother loved them.”

Bob is now hoping the police can track down the thieves.

Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Although we appreciate that this has caused distress, this does seem to be an isolated incident and we do not generally experience security issues at this cemetery.”

A police spokesman said: “On Friday, August 5, we received a report of items stolen from the cemetery in Links Road, Blyth.

“Between 10pm on Saturday, July 30, and 10.30am on Friday, August 5, six solar lights, three butterfly lights and a garden statue of an angel with a solar light were stolen.

“Inquiries are ongoing.”