A mother said she had been left devastated by a series of thefts from the grave of her still-born child in a Northampton cemetery.
Marie Lyon, aged 30, has regularly attended the grave of her still-born daughter, L’taya, in Kingsthorpe Cemetery since 2003.
But in recent months, tea lights and pieces of memorabilia placed around her daughter’s grave have been taken.
Ms Lyon said she was devastated by the thefts, which were happening on an increasingly regular basis.
She said: “Within a couple of weeks last month, four solar lights had been stolen and thefts seem to be taking place every week.
“I put everything there for my child and I cried my eyes out when it first happened as I couldn’t believe that someone would do that.”
Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands), Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, condemned the thefts and said cemetery staff would now be on the lookout for people taking items away without permission.
He said: “When anything like this happens it is extremely upsetting for the family and loved ones. Thankfully we don’t get too many incidents of this nature reported to us.
“We have alerted our cemetery staff and grounds people to keep an eye out for anything untoward and, if necessary, to involve the police.”
A woman has complained to Northampton Borough Council after she found a tyre mark over her grandmother’s grave in Kingsthorpe Cemetery.
Amanada Andrews, aged 23, was shocked when she found the tyre mark last Thursday, which she believes was made by a lawnmower used in the cemetery.
The council said it had investigated the incident, but was unable to find the cause of the tyre mark.