Monday, 18 December 2017

Statue stolen from grave returned

AN ornament that was stolen from a grave in Henley has been reunited with its owner following an exclusive story in the Henley Standard

AN ornament that was stolen from a grave in Henley has been reunited with its owner following an exclusive story in the Henley Standard.

The small stone pig was taken about a month ago from the grave of Jean Oleinik, who was laid to rest at Fair Mile cemetery in late 2010.

Her daughter Josie Douglas, of Clarence Road in Henley, didn't report it to the police as she didn't believe it could be traced.

However, she reported it to the Standard, which carried her appeal on the front page of its August 26 edition.

This was spotted by a local antiques dealer, who recognised the pig in his store and called the police, who helped him reunite it with the family.

The theft was one of two that have taken place at the cemetery in the past month. A stone cat belonging to the grave of Julie Jones, who died in 2004, was also taken but is yet to be traced.

Investigating officer PC Sue Bradshaw, of Sonning Common police station, said: "“We understand that any theft is hard to deal with, but theft from a loved one’s grave is particularly callous and our thoughts go out to the victims. I was delighted that I could help return the item to its owners, who I believe will take some comfort in its safe return."

She added people should always report thefts even if they don't think it will lead to an arrest. She said all reports help police understand local crime patterns, which yields results in the long run.



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