Widow heartbroken after vandals desecrate her husband's grave
A WIDOW is heartbroken after her husband’s grave was vandalised.
Lynn Garner, aged 63, from Farnworth, has reported the incident to police after photographs of her husband Geoff, along with a doll, were stolen from the grave at Farnworth Cemetery.
Family ornaments were also broken. Mrs Garner and daughter Jenneth, aged 28, have since repaired the grave.
Son Gary first noticed the grave had been tampered with last week and told the family.
At first they thought it was foxes, however, when they visited the grave on Sunday, they noticed the damage had got worse and realised it had been intentionally defaced.
They reported the damage to Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday. Other graves in the cemetery have also been vandalised. She said: “I’m just heartbroken. You think you’re safe to let your husband rest in peace, and then someone does that. It was a mess.
“We go to all that trouble to make the grave look nice and then it gets vandalised.
“It’s hard enough coming to terms with the loss of my husband without this happening. I think whoever did this is scum. It’s a mindless act and something needs to be done.”
Mrs Garner added that she was concerned for other families whose relatives were buried in the cemetery.
Jenneth added: “I don’t understand how someone could do this. I can’t believe someone would stoop so low as to do that.
“We’re all devastated, especially my mum. It’s annoying, frustrating, and above all upsetting. Dad was a good guy, he was really well respected in the community. His funeral at St John’s Church was nearly packed out.
“That’s why I couldn’t believe it when I heard what happened.”
The family said flowerheads next to the grave had also been cut off.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We have been in contact with Mrs Garner and we are doing all we can to assist her.
“It is unclear how this has occurred. Cemetery staff are looking out for any items that may turn up. The cemetery backs on to a country park and the land is open access so it is impossible to secure every entrance.”
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