Thefts from graveyards ‘sickening’ and ‘ghoulish’

Councillor Malachy Quinn
Councillor Malachy Quinn

A Mid-Ulster councillor has described a spate of thefts from graveyards in the area as “ghoulish” and “sickening”.

SDLP representative Malachy Quinn said he has been contacted by a number of people in recent days claiming that flowers and wreaths have been taken from their loved ones’ graves in Clonoe Graveyard.

After details of the incidents were posted online, Mr Quinn said he received reports of similar thefts from church graveyards in Coalisland and Stewartstown.

“It’s quite frankly sickening to think that someone is going into a graveyard at night to steal something off a grave,” he said.

“How much of a lowlife do you have to be to do that? For someone to take a wreath off a grave is a violation.”

Mr Quinn appealed to those responsible to “take a look at themselves” and think about their actions.