Vandals wreck Farnworth pensioner's wife's grave

The Bolton News: Simon Foster, left, with his father Stanley at the side of the vandalised grave in Farnworth Cemetery Simon Foster, left, with his father Stanley at the side of the vandalised grave in Farnworth Cemetery

A PENSIONER has been left devastated after his wife’s grave was vandalised.

Widower Stanley Foster, aged 74, from Farnworth, noticed that an angel attached to the headstone of his wife Pauline’s grave had been stolen when he visited Farnworth Cemetery on Thursday morning.

Mr Foster, who was with his daughter Wendy, also noticed that another family ornament had been smashed against a brick wall and that a footprint had been left in the headstone.

Flowers and two white plant pots with Christmas cards attached and teddy bears were also stolen from the grave.

Mr Foster said: “I was in shock when I saw what had happened. It’s a disgrace that somebody could do this, that somebody could rob the dead.

“Pauline’s been buried in that cemetery for nine years and there’s never been a problem, it’s been really quiet. I feel so upset about this — who would smash a precious family ornament like that?”

Simon Foster, aged 37, one of three brothers and two sisters in the Foster family, was furious at the damage done to his mother’s grave, and called for the use of video surveillance at Farnworth Cemetery.

He said: “I just don’t know how someone can do this to a person’s grave. They have got to have evil in them to do something like this.

“I’ve seen teenagers in there and I’ve told them they shouldn’t be playing in the graveyards, but all I get back is abuse.

“People can walk in whenever they want, there are pathways where they can get in — there should be cameras there.”

A council spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of any vandalism taking place in the cemetery and understand this must be upsetting for the family.

“There is no CCTV at any of our cemeteries and there are no plans to install it, due to both practicality and cost.

“We take all reasonable measures to secure the cemetery by locking the main gate at 4pm during the winter. We would ask visitors to the cemetery to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to our 24- hour security number 01204 336900 which is on signs at the cemetery.”

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12:26pm Mon 23 Dec 13

mililly says...

What is it with people this day and age where they find it acceptable to do this to a grave...they wouldnt do it if it were one of their own family so why do it to someobe elses..,disgusting
What is it with people this day and age where they find it acceptable to do this to a grave...they wouldnt do it if it were one of their own family so why do it to someobe elses..,disgusting mililly

12:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Let's hope this kind of behavior comes back to haunt them,(no pun intended).Sooner or later these disrespectful people will realise what idiots they were.
Let's hope this kind of behavior comes back to haunt them,(no pun intended).Sooner or later these disrespectful people will realise what idiots they were. boltonnut

2:33pm Mon 23 Dec 13

zoomzam says...

There are a lot of sick people around. I was always taught to treat graveyards and graves with respect.Perhaps schools need to emphasis these to children from a young age. I see kids playing football in the grounds of Churches where graves are located. Feel sorry for the family. These sickos need to be locked up!
There are a lot of sick people around. I was always taught to treat graveyards and graves with respect.Perhaps schools need to emphasis these to children from a young age. I see kids playing football in the grounds of Churches where graves are located. Feel sorry for the family. These sickos need to be locked up! zoomzam

2:45pm Mon 23 Dec 13

macauley says...

well farnworth again I think it is something people must be drinking and not just cider.
well farnworth again I think it is something people must be drinking and not just cider. macauley

3:16pm Mon 23 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

with regard to Farnworth Cemetery in particular - there is no point in locking the main gate if the back door is left wide open. The whole of the rear is open to Moses Gate Country Park and the walls are so low that even I could climb over them. I think people go to these secluded places to get 'high' and the damage follows.
with regard to Farnworth Cemetery in particular - there is no point in locking the main gate if the back door is left wide open. The whole of the rear is open to Moses Gate Country Park and the walls are so low that even I could climb over them. I think people go to these secluded places to get 'high' and the damage follows. oftbewildered2

4:10pm Mon 23 Dec 13

melloj says...

Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life.
Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life. melloj

7:58pm Mon 23 Dec 13

macauley says...

melloj wrote:
Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life.
how do you know its kids?.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life.[/p][/quote]how do you know its kids?. macauley

11:39pm Mon 23 Dec 13

garlicbreadxxx says...

Nothing but sub -human scum
Nothing but sub -human scum garlicbreadxxx

6:55am Tue 24 Dec 13

By George says...

Another opportunity to deploy community support officers and if short of these get the unemployed local Councillors to do a shift , it will get them out into the community they represent to get a feel of the real world of hatred and disregard for the community, no need for CCTV.
Another opportunity to deploy community support officers and if short of these get the unemployed local Councillors to do a shift , it will get them out into the community they represent to get a feel of the real world of hatred and disregard for the community, no need for CCTV. By George

9:55am Tue 24 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

macauley wrote:
melloj wrote:
Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life.
how do you know its kids?.
it might not be kids, but the behaviour is that of an undeveloped (ie childish) personality - so in essence, yes, 'kids'. Saw something on TV the other night, a grown man behaving like a two year old in a tantrum. It would be laughable if it had not been so destructive.
[quote][p][bold]macauley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Boredom. Pure unadulterated boredom. These kids never once wake up in the morning and think what they want to do with their life.[/p][/quote]how do you know its kids?.[/p][/quote]it might not be kids, but the behaviour is that of an undeveloped (ie childish) personality - so in essence, yes, 'kids'. Saw something on TV the other night, a grown man behaving like a two year old in a tantrum. It would be laughable if it had not been so destructive. oftbewildered2

8:11pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

macauley wrote:
well farnworth again I think it is something people must be drinking and not just cider.
You should know pal.
[quote][p][bold]macauley[/bold] wrote: well farnworth again I think it is something people must be drinking and not just cider.[/p][/quote]You should know pal. Bob Shaftoe

8:02pm Wed 25 Dec 13

davroduk1 says...

Find them...........
Hang them from the nearest tree...........
Anyone who complains,
Hang them also.



NEXT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
Find them........... Hang them from the nearest tree........... Anyone who complains, Hang them also. NEXT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! davroduk1

11:39am Fri 27 Dec 13

GBRGBR says...

Why do people get upset when "farnworth again" is mentioned ?
Why do people get upset when "farnworth again" is mentioned ? GBRGBR

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