Outrage over theft of sign from churchyard

Grave sign
Grave sign
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Members of a group which overhauled a town centre churchyard have been left outraged and shocked after thieves stole a metal sign.

The sign, asking dog owners not to let their pets foul at the churchyard, was put up in St Michael’s Churchyard off the High Street, Stamford, as part of a refurbishment.

Don Lambert, a member of the Stamford Urban Society, was outraged to discover on Monday the small green and metal sign, which was attached to a grave, had disappeared. He believes it has been taken for scrap metal but is appealing for the thieves to think twice and return it.

He said: “I just can’t believe someone would take something from a churchyard and I just want them to put it back and we will say no more about it. “It cost quite a bit of money but I am loathe to replace it incase it happens again.”

l Three prints of book pages, which were hanging up in the ladies toilets at the King’s Head in Stamford, were stolen on Friday night.

A Facebook post about the theft was shared hundreds of times over the weekend and now online Empingham-based firm Paper Plane has kindly offered to replace the prints.

Stephen Alcock, publican, said he was initially shocked by the theft but had been heartened by the response of the community.