Appeal after stolen grave statues found

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Bereaved families are being sought after stolen monuments from graves were found by police.

The ornaments were recovered after police searched a car which was parked suspiciously on Saltcotes Road in Lytham.

No-one has come forward to claim the missing items and the nearby Saltcotes Catholic Cemetery says none of the items were stolen from its graveyard.

Numerous tools were also recovered from the scene and a 41-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of an offensive weapon.

He has been bailed over the incident until January 13 pending further enquiries.

PC Cath Britton, who is investigating the incident, said: “These items will no doubt be of huge sentimental value to somebody so I would ask people to take a close look at the photograph and I would urge anybody that recognises any of these items to contact police.”

Among the items to have been recovered are a large stone urn with the inscription “Murial” written on it, two stone sculptures of sleeping children in giant hands, an ornament of a woman holding a dove in her hands, two statues of Jesus and a stone cross.

The items were found on November 8, but police have only this week released the details of their recovery.

Anyone with information about who the missing monuments might belong to should call 101, quoting crime reference AL1302703 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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