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Eagle-eyed Matthew finds stolen wake sign in river and returns it like new to funeral director

'He is a credit to your company'

Matthew McCann with the wake sign which he recovered, cleaned and returned to Pouchers Funeral Directors. Inset, Matthew is pictured with Lorraine Poucher and the sign is shown underwater, where it had been discarded.

A wake house sign stolen from outside the home of a grieving family in early November has been found.

The sign, belonging to Pouchers Funeral Directors, was taken from outside a house at Mourneview Park in Newry.

It had been put in place to direct people wishing to attend the wake to the family’s home.

The funeral directors at the time appealed for help from the public to have their property returned, saying: “This is not only an attack on our family business that has been serving this community for over 32 years but it’s an attack on our own community.

“At this incredibly tough time for the grieving community of residents, friends and family, this is definitely not what they need.”

Fast forward six weeks and there’s good news.

Not only has it been found, but it has been cleaned and left sparkling like new before being returned.

It was spotted submerged in a waterway which runs through the Greenbank Industrial Estate.

Eagle-eyed Matthew McCann – who works for BlockBusters Environmental Services – was the man who found it.

Matthew recovered, washed and returned the sign to Pouchers Funeral Directors.

And they are delighted.

Lorraine Poucher praised Matthew for his kindness and thoughtfulness and said of the BlockBusters Environmental Services employee: “He is a credit to your company.”

Pouchers Funeral Directors would like to thank everyone who shared, publicised and searched for the sign as a result of their appeal, and of course to Matthew who went above and beyond in getting it back!

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