Anger over attempted theft of gravestones in Blackburn

First published in Blackburn

THE grave of the eight-month-old son of the first vicar of a Blackburn church was among those damaged when thieves tried to steal a set of tomb stones.

York flagstones surrounding the four graves at Holy Trinity Church, in Mount Pleasant, were uprooted during the early hours of Wednesday morning, causing water to ‘irrepairably’ spoil the stones.

Police were called after the thieves were seen moving the slabs.

Among those buried at the site was John William Robinson, the son of the church’s first reverend Christopher Robinson, who died in 1853.

Rev Martin Daniels, priest in charge at St Thomas with St Jude’s Church, in Accrington Road, and Holy Trinity, said some of the stones had been removed between Christmas and New Year, with the thieves returning at around 3.40am on Wednesday for the slabs around the grave stones.

Rev Daniels said: “Nothing is sacred anymore.

“It is absolutely awful and all done at somebody else’s expense.

“We are just under attack all the time. If it is not the lead, it is the York paving.

“They do not care how much damage they cause.

“They have damaged a part of Blackburn’s heritage, just to make a fast buck.”

PC John Banks, from Blackburn Police, said the thieves had intended to sell the slabs on.

He said: “The only reason the rest of the stones were not stolen was because the police got there before they could load anything up.

“They have interfered with various locations around the building, which we understand is grade one listed, and as a consequence the removal and prising up of the slabs has caused a great deal of water damage, which is almost irrepairable gived the amount of money required.

“The slabs are markers, so there are some poor souls that are lying underneath.

“It is a really low crime.

“Not only that, they have got the slabs from a building that is the heart and soul of the community.

“It is nothing short of disgusting.”

Two men have been charged with theft and released on police bail.

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2:18pm Sat 5 Jan 13

warren2007 says...

name them and i bet there pikeys
name them and i bet there pikeys warren2007
  • Score: 1

6:03pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Fire Fly says...

There really is so little respect around these days not only for the living but now the dead.
There really is so little respect around these days not only for the living but now the dead. Fire Fly
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Sat 5 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

My blood boils as I read this.
My blood boils as I read this. sen c ble
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Sat 5 Jan 13

mavrick says...

This is one crime worthy of public flogging. disgusting low life scum.
This is one crime worthy of public flogging. disgusting low life scum. mavrick
  • Score: 1

1:08am Sun 6 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

lets get back to the real world, do awAY WITH THE DO GOODERS AND LETS START DISHING OUT REAL JUSTICE WAKE UP,ITS WAY OVER DUE,
lets get back to the real world, do awAY WITH THE DO GOODERS AND LETS START DISHING OUT REAL JUSTICE WAKE UP,ITS WAY OVER DUE, noddy57
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Sun 6 Jan 13

ste.g says...

name shame and jail.
name shame and jail. ste.g
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Sun 6 Jan 13

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

I despair. I just do not know how much longer I can live in this dump of a town. I feel like a stranger in my own country.
I despair. I just do not know how much longer I can live in this dump of a town. I feel like a stranger in my own country. tajmahalovertheoldmarket
  • Score: 1

10:32pm Sun 6 Jan 13

goldfinger59 says...

Make them pay for the damage at the very least, sell any assets they have including their van etc, then let's see a photo of them.
Make them pay for the damage at the very least, sell any assets they have including their van etc, then let's see a photo of them. goldfinger59
  • Score: 1

11:12am Mon 7 Jan 13

speedie_rovers_legend says...

tajmahalovertheoldma
rket
wrote:
I despair. I just do not know how much longer I can live in this dump of a town. I feel like a stranger in my own country.
Yeah i left 20 yrs ago it is not the same in Blackburn anymore , it used to be a real friendly town and everyone would speak to you ,gone is the heart and soul of a once proud town.
It seems as though it gets all the rabble that is not wanted in other cities and towns around the uk and are just passed on to you , must be difficult for the police in the area with all the cutbacks , i do notice you have a lot of cameras in the town , but then again they are just to take more money of the citizens of Blackburn , and not to catch the real criminals.
[quote][p][bold]tajmahalovertheoldma rket[/bold] wrote: I despair. I just do not know how much longer I can live in this dump of a town. I feel like a stranger in my own country.[/p][/quote]Yeah i left 20 yrs ago it is not the same in Blackburn anymore , it used to be a real friendly town and everyone would speak to you ,gone is the heart and soul of a once proud town. It seems as though it gets all the rabble that is not wanted in other cities and towns around the uk and are just passed on to you , must be difficult for the police in the area with all the cutbacks , i do notice you have a lot of cameras in the town , but then again they are just to take more money of the citizens of Blackburn , and not to catch the real criminals. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 3

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