Callous crooks steal headstone from grave

Michelle Holness
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A FAMILY has been left distraught after discovering that a headstone for their loved one has been stolen.

Michelle Holness of Aby says she feels like ‘her heart has been ripped from her’ since finding out that her late son’s gravestone has been stolen.

“My daughter went to put some roses down when she realised the gravestone was gone, she then told her dad who telephoned the police.

“I feel like heart has been ripped away... it was like my heart to him,” said Michelle.

The headstone, which was heart-shaped and made with a mix of marble and granite, had been at her son, Dion Frances Holness’s grave for last 10 years in the churchyard of St John The Baptist’s C of E church in Belleau.

Sadly, Dion passed away aged just five days from cardiac arrester failure in 1999 and would have been 12-years-old in December.

Michelle has three other children, Josephine, 18, Jessica, 16, and Lucas, 10, who all live with her and her husband Andrew in Aby near Alford.

It is thought that the theft occurred between September 9 and Thursday, October 13 and the police have asked the public to come forward with any information.

A police spokesperson said: “Any theft from a graveyard is saddening but for a gravestone to be taken is especially abhorrent.

“We would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about what has happened to this headstone to contact police in confidence.”

Michelle says the headstone was expensive and the theft has brought all the emotions back to her.

“I had to wait two years for the headstone as I had to apply to the Dean of Lincoln because the headstone was a heart-shape and the graveyard was so old.

“The heart was different. It was like something straight from my heart and it was special to me.

“I wanted it to reflect that rather than having a flat one.

“You have to learn to come to terms with it all and this is fetching it all back.”