Warning after thefts from Hills of Dunipace cemetery

Theft of cherished items from cemetery have left families upset
Theft of cherished items from cemetery have left families upset

Grieving relatives have been reminded they leave tokens of respect beside graves of loved ones at their own risk.

The warning from Falkirk Council follows a spate of thefts from a local cemetery.

But notices posted with the advice at Hills 0f Dunipace Cemetery near Bonnybridge have left families upset.

One widower, who asked not to be named, claimed: “I placed solar lights around my wife’s grave in September and they disappeared within days. I replaced them with coach lights at the start of this month and they have gone too, along with flowers.

“I’ve spoken to other families with loved ones here and they have also been victims. It’s even been suggested these items, which are not cheap to buy, are being targeted by organised thieves to be sold on eBay. It’s shocking and those responsible should be ashamed.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Thankfully, thefts are few, but it’s not possible to staff the cemetery all the time so signs explaining items are the lair holder’s responsibility and left at the owners own risk have had to be placed.”