Woman steals flowers from schoolboy’s grave, sparks outrage

December 7th, 2011 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 7 (IANS) A veiled woman caught on a CCTV camera stealing flowers from an 11-year-old boy’s graveyard has sparked a public outrage here.

His family had installed the camera at the cemetery in Barking, Essex, after repeated thefts of gifts they had left there. The boy was killed by a car in 1980.

They were horrified when the footage seemed to show a woman callously taking flowerpots from the youngster’s grave and shoving them into her handbag, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The boy’s cousin had set up the motion sensor camera after the devastated family’s tributes of ornaments and flowers disappeared every fortnight for 18 months.

The grieving family had begged the thieves to stop, but were ignored.

Barking and Dagenham civic council said thefts from its cemetery were ‘rare’ and promised to cooperate with police in identifying the woman.

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