Gravestone thieves take Victorian era headstones from Northamptonshire church

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Burglars snatched two 175-year-old gravestones from a Northamptonshire village churchyard - both of which marked the burial place of members of the England family.

The Victorian era headstones were both stolen from St Nicholas Church in Overstone between 8pm on Sunday, November 8 and 9am on Monday, November 9.

Police officers investigating the case are now trying to find witnesses who may have spotted a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area at the time.

The first headstone had twin cherubs and the inscription: “In memory of Sophia, wife of Thomas England who departed this life July 7th 1849, aged 78 years”.

The second was inscribed: “To the memory of Rebecca England, wife of Peter England who hath left this place. She died 26th December 1831, aged 91”.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a double cab Isuzu pick-up, in a gun metal colour, acting suspiciously close to the church at the time of the theft, which happened between 8pm on Sunday, November 8 and 9am on Monday, November 9.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.