UPDATE: Cemetery theft is ‘despicable’ – council.

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

A Boston councillor has described the theft of tools and a tractor from Boston cemetery as ‘despicable’.

A borough council spokesman said thieves got away with ‘practically all the tools’ sometime overnight, including a tractor, used by council staff to keep Boston Crematorium and cemetery grounds maintained.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: “It’s a despicable crime when you consider the grounds are kept nice out of respect for the relatives of the deceased.”

“There is never a good time for this sort of thing, but this really could not have happened at a worse time,” she said.

“Everything is growing so fast at this time of year that the men have a job to just stay on top of all the grounds maintenance. Now virtually all of their tools have gone. They even took their safety goggles.”

The spokesman said the thieves raided a large metal storage container at the crematorium in Marian Road sometime between locking-up time at 8pm yesterday (Monday) and 7.15am today (Tuesday) when staff reported for work.

They said the thieves hacked through a large steel locking bar to get into the shipping container and then virtually stripped it bare.

It is believed they accessed the grounds from Red Cap Lane by removing a fence panel.

Anyone who saw or heard anything is asked to contact the police by calling 101.

Tuesday, 9.56am – Power tools and a small tactor and trailer have been stolen during a burglary at Boston’s Horncastle cemetery last night.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the offenders forced entry to a metal container near the Marion Road entrance overnight between yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) and stole power tools and a small tractor and trailer.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 44 of May 13, 2014.

You can also report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.