Nobody above suspicion in Honiton
Mourners seek out flower thief in Honiton.
ANGRY mourners are checking out every report of suspicious activity at St Michael’s churchyard in Honiton following a spate of thefts from graves.
Determined efforts by police to catch the culprit have, so far, failed.
A widower has told how he visited the churchyard after hearing from his son that a suspicious-looking male had been spotted dozing on a seat there.
The family has lost countless flowers, which have been taken from family graves.
You may also want to watch:
Most have disappeared within hours of being left at the site.
“My son saw a bloke with a wireless. He was half asleep on a bench,” the widower told the Midweek Herald. “I was due to go into town and decided to nip into the churchyard on my way to the shops.
- 1 Family pay tribute to popular Colyton man after his tragic death
- 2 Town's Market Charter Day event is set to be biggest, say organisers
- 3 Hundreds of sites are earmarked for new development
- 4 Hot form in the heat at Axe Cliff
- 5 Property of the Week: Otter Mill
- 6 800th anniversary makes town's celebrated event a hot topic this year
- 7 Beachgoers share moment of wonder
- 8 Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash near Ottery St Mary
- 9 He was going, going gone... but now TV auctioneer is back
- 10 Lacemaking mum's labour of love for daughter's wedding
“Sure enough, he was still there. He was quite youngish, about 25, and just seemed to be hanging around. He looked like he could be homeless.”
But the widower’s suspicions heightened further when a car pulled into the churchyard.
“A man and a woman with a dog got out of the car,” he said. “I went over and asked them if they had experienced any thefts of flowers and they told me they were only in the churchyard to walk their dog!”
The widower’s son told the Herald that the thief’s latest antics had even stooped to stealing flowers from the grave of the late Walt Summers, one of Honiton’s best-loved former characters and a one-time civic leader.
“I bought too many flowers, so I put a few stems on Walt Summers’ grave and a few on the grave of a former Honiton publican,” he said.
“Within hours they had all gone.”
Mourners say they are not convinced that the culprit is suffering from a form of mental illness, possibly linked to bereavement. Instead, they are now wondering if the flowers are being taken for commercial gain.