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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Jack Thurlow

Grieving wife's anguish after ornaments go missing from Bulwell grave

A grieving widow has spoken of her emotional anguish after ornaments that she left at her husband's grave went missing.

Tina Henry, 60, left ornamental owls, whose eyes light up in the dark, at her husbands resting place before returning to see that they gone.

It is not clear why the owls were no longer in their previous position.

She claims that she is not the only person that this has happened to and called on owners of Northern Cemetery, Bulwell, to take action.

Mrs Henry has suggested that the cemetery should lock their gates a night to prevent intruders getting their hands on any sentimental objects, but Nottingham City Council said this was not practical.

As she recounted her ordeal, Mrs Henry also claimed that the cemetery is like "a dustbin yard."

She said: "The owls had solar panels and at night the eyes used to light up. It's so upsetting.

"You ought to see the state of that cemetery - it's a right mess.

"There are leaves blowing all over.

"All these cemeteries, they always locked the gates at four or five, but they don't anymore, they leave them wide open.

"They should be shut, tt's disgusting."

Tina's husband, Christopher Henry, died on January 1, 2018, a day before his 60th birthday.

She is now concerned about putting anymore ornaments on Christopher's grave.

She added: "I'm not going to put any more on but it's a beautiful grave.

"I just want the gates shutting; it's terrible.

"You pay enough to put your loved ones at rest and it's like a dustbin yard.

"People's relatives are having expensive items nicked - it's got to stop."

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said: “We understand it can be upsetting if items go missing from graves, but we can’t accept liability for things that are left within our cemeteries. However, we haven’t received a report of these missing items.

“We have previously trialled locking gates but this was unpopular and creates a number of practical problems for staff as well as mourners on large sites like Northern Cemetery. Like most cemeteries in the country, the site has full pedestrian access at all times and is closely monitored out of hours. There have been no anti-social behaviour problems, but we would be in a position to react quickly if that changed.

“We take the maintenance and upkeep of our cemeteries very seriously and are unaware of any current issues at Northern Cemetery - any concerns can be reported through our Have Your Say process.”

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