Hatfield boy’s grave desecrated

PUBLISHED: 16:51 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:51 11 August 2015

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary


Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of sentimental items were stolen from a grave in South Hatfield.

The theft is believed to have occurred between 9am on Sunday and 5pm on Monday (10th), in Welwyn Hatfield Lawn Cemetery, Southway.

It is alleged the offender(s) removed items from the grave, including children’s toys, one being a 3ft metal bumble bee.

The toys belonged to a young boy, who was killed in a collision whilst on a family holiday in Turkey in 2002.

His mother, who visits the grave regularly, returned on Monday to find that the items had been taken.

PC Warren Potter, from Hatfield Police Station, said: “This theft has caused so much distress to the family, particularly because some of the toys stolen were the last things touched by the boy.

“An investigation is underway, and as part of this I would appeal to anyone who was in the cemetery between Sunday morning and Monday afternoon, and believes they may have seen someone removing these items to make contact with police as soon as possible.

“You may have seen this happening but not realised that a crime was taking place.

“People may also have recalled seeing someone leaving the area with a distinctive 3ft metal cartoon bumble bee.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101, quoting reference B2/15/3009.

For an interview with the mother, check out the Welwyn Hatfield Times, out tomorrow (Wednesday).

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