Police launch appeal after headstone stolen from cemetery

The site of the missing headstone in Lyme Regis cemetery

POLICE are appealing for information after a headstone was stolen from Lyme Regis cemetery. 

Dorset Police received a report at around 1.15pm on Thursday, July 26 that the headstone had been taken from the cemetery off Charmouth Road.

The missing headstone carried the names of Austin and Joyce Speed

It carried the names ‘Austin Arthur William Speed’ and ‘Joyce Constance Speed’ and was believed to have been taken sometime over the past six weeks. Mr Speed only died last year.

Police Sergeant Andy Napper, of Bridport police, said: “This theft has understandably caused considerable distress to the victim and their family and we are making enquiries to establish who is responsible.

“I am appealing to anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity at the cemetery in recent weeks or who has any information that can assist our investigation to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180118932. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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