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Memorial plaque and flowers stolen as sickening spate of grave thefts in Richhill continues

'I would urgently call on the person responsible to desist from this activity'

A memorial plaque and flowers have been stolen as a recent spate of thefts of graves at Richhill continues.

The Orchard Cemetery has been targeted on a number of occasions over recent months.

And now thieves have once again struck in the area.

Newry and Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin said the ongoing incidents of flower displays being taken from graves at the Orchard Cemetery was a cause of “great concern”.

He has also urged Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council officers to refocus on the problem and help to end the hurt being caused as a result of the thefts.

Mr Irwin stated: “Everyone had hoped that the thefts a few weeks ago were isolated incidents, however it is highly concerning that a further series of incidents have occurred and more families have been distressed to discover flowers and displays taken and also a memorial plaque.

“People visiting the grave of a loved one are already grieving and distressed and then to discover their floral displays and memorials have been taken is despicable and is really unsettling for the family or individual.

“I would urgently call on the person responsible to desist from this activity.

“I have again requested that council officials redouble their efforts in this regard and try to identify anyone acting suspiciously in Orchard Cemetery.

“It is vital that this behaviour stops given the great distress being caused.”

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