FLOWER pot lids have gone missing from headstones at Wrexham Cemetery, sparking fears they may have been stolen for their scrap value.
A couple who regularly visit the cemetery on Ruabon Road said they had noticed the lids, which hold flowers in place on the graves and stop them blowing away, were missing from various headstones.
Sue and Allan Davies visit the headstones of Mr Davies’ parents George Davies and Elizabeth Thomas on a regular basis.
The couple, who left Wrexham in 1991 and now live in Ashon-under-Lyne near Manchester, went to the cemetery on Saturday, the 16th anniversary since the death of Mr Davies’ mother – only to discover the lids were missing.
Mrs Davies, 59, said: “The lids are those which secure any flowers you are taking to the vase on the headstone. Without them they just fall out and blow away.
“But it wasn’t just ours that weren’t there. As we walked around we could see hundreds were missing, at least four out of every five lids were missing from the graves.
“We think someone must have stolen them to make money.”
Wrexham Council said it had not received any reports of thefts.
A spokesman added: “In the past lids have blown in the wind or have been disturbed by wildlife.”
But Mrs Davies said: “We know they sometimes come off in the wind but we couldn’t see any lying around and there were hundreds missing.
“These are metals and could have been sold for scrap. We think someone has lifted them all.
“I’m absolutely disgusted to think that people could go into a cemetery and do something like that.”
Wrexham Cemetery, which covers an area of 7.2 hectares, attracts a large number of visitors, many of whom come to lay flowers.
Another user of the cemetery, who does not want to be named, said: “We have had some go missing from a gravebut whether they were stolen or not, I don’t know.
“We just had to buy new ones.”
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