Mother's grief as statuette is stolen from son's grave

A heartbroken mother has appealed for information after a statuette went missing from her son's grave in Tweedmouth Cemetery.

Friday, 17th November 2017, 7:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:29 am
Tweedmouth Cemetery, Berwick

Yvonne Kirk noticed the heavy concrete statue of a boy and girl sitting together had vanished between Tuesday and Thursday last week.

Her son, William Kirk, died nearly 12 years ago, aged just 31.

“It’s just unbelievable what some people will sink to,” she said. “It’s very upsetting.

“For someone to do that to a grave is a mystery to me. I don’t see what anyone could want with it.”

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She added: “It’s really heavy too so it will have taken some lifting.

“I’m hoping someone will have seen or noticed something which could help to find it.”

Yvonne has reported the matter to Northumbria Police but has had no feedback from them so far.

“I’ve also been back to the cemetery a few times over the last few days to have a good look around and see if someone’s just dumped it somewhere,” she added.

“As far as I can tell, it’s the only grave that’s been targeted in this way. Nothing else seems to be out of place.”

Yvonne is even prepared to offer a reward for its safe return.

Anyone with information that would lead to its safe return is asked to contact 07511 065072 or call Northumbria Police on 101.