Wreath damage at Lanivet Parish Church shocks family
A FAMILY has been left devastated after the wreaths they placed on their father's grave on the day of his funeral were destroyed by vandals and left outside their home just hours later.
"We went out in the morning at about 8am and found the wreaths had been thrown against our front gate," said Jean Lobb.
"They had been ripped up and put in black bags.
"It was awful. We were devastated to think that someone would do that."
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Mrs Lobb's father Jim Orchard died on September 4 and was laid to rest at Lanivet Parish Church on Wednesday last week.
On the evening of his funeral, Mrs Lobb and her sisters, Sharon Birch and Sophie Faber, went to the cemetery to place wreaths on their father's grave.
"My little boy Darren is buried at the same church," Mrs Lobb said.
"I was five months pregnant when he died and we had a little grave put in the cemetery. He would have been 20 this year.
"We left the wreaths on his grave during the day and went back at 9pm to move them on to dad's grave."
Mrs Lobb said six wreaths had been taken from the cemetery – all of which had been thrown into black bags and thrown against Mrs Lobb's bungalow.
"The thing that really upset me was that one of the wreaths I had left for dad was from my little boy [Darren]. Even that was ripped up. It's not about the money but in total they destroyed nearly £600 worth of flowers."
The 55-year-old is urging anyone who saw what happened to contact the police.
"It would have taken them some time to get into the cemetery, rip the cards off and load the black bags into the car," she said.
"It then takes about five minutes to drive to my house. We live quite out of the way.
"Whoever it was obviously knows where we live – it's really horrible to think about it."
PC Andrew Barnicoat, neighbourhood beat manager, said police are investigating and urged anyone with information to call 101 quoting reference number GW13775.
He said the incident appears to be a "one-off" and crimes of this nature are rare.
"This is a very isolated incident," he said. "There is certainly no pattern or trend for crime like this in the area."