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VIDEO: Mum angry over thefts from Huddersfield Crematorium

No plans to install CCTV despite series of heartless thefts

Heartless thieves stole a floral tribute from a 90-year-old stroke victim’s last resting place.

And Barbara Tiernan’s devastated daughter Maureen Beaumont says she is not the first victim of thefts at Huddersfield Crematorium in Fixby .

But despite the spate of crime, Maureen says the council are still to budge on a decision to put up security cameras.

Maureen, 61, of Lower Grange, Bradley , said she was “utterly heartbroken” to see the flower box she had bought in memory of her mother had been taken from the chapel's rest.

Maureen Beaumont of Lower Grange, Bradley, angry over her late mothers urn been stolen from Huddersfield Crematorium

The flower arrangement, shaped to look like a jewellery box, also included a poem and a tribute saying “Love You Mum”.

But despite the obvious reason for its placement on the site of Barbara’s ashes, the tribute still fell victim to thieves.

Maureen said: “She suffered enough after having a stroke, now she can’t even have peace in death.

“I just can’t believe someone would take from the dead.”

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Great-grandmother Barbara died in Maureen’s arms shortly after her 90th birthday in September, after suffering a stroke in February.

Thefts from Huddersfield Crematorium

Maureen said her friend also placed a large plant on her husband’s grave back in September, only to find that was later stolen.

She said: “After I saw the flowers were gone, I rang the police.

“They said there wasn’t much they could do because there was no CCTV.

“The crematorium staff who I spoke to said it was happening regularly.”

Maureen says she is now thinking of starting a petition to increase security at the crematorium.

“Anyone can just walk in at night as the gate is open”, she added.

A spokesperson for Kirklees Council , who own the land at the Crematorium, said: “We understand that acts of theft from crematoria can be deeply upsetting for the families involved and we sympathise with them.

Maureen Beaumont of Lower Grange, Bradley, angry over her late mothers urn been stolen from Huddersfield Crematorium

“In order to strike a balance between deterring thieves and ensuring that people can grieve in relative privacy, our mobile CCTV vans make regular visits to the crematorium grounds.

“We currently have no plans to put in place permanent CCTV at Huddersfield Crematorium.

“If anyone witnesses any anti-social or illegal behaviour in our crematoriums, we ask that they report it to the police.”



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