Thieves steal from baby's grave in Lincoln
Thieves have struck again at Newport Cemetery in Lincoln, this time stealing an ornamental donkey placed on a baby's grave 12 years ago.
Tammy Wade, 36, was shocked to discover the tribute missing from daughter Kalli-Joe's plot on Monday, October 7.
"My daughter died in April 2001 from an undetected hole in her heart aged eight months and five days," said Miss Wade, a photographer, of Laughton Way, Ermine, Lincoln.
"The pot donkey was cemented to a slab and it's well-weathered so it wouldn't be any good to anyone as a garden ornament.
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"I've been away working in Wales and it must have been taken sometime between July 27 and October 7.
"I'm absolutely devastated."
Miss Wade decided on the donkey tribute after seeing the same ornament in a garden.
It reminded her of donkey derbies she attended as a child and she has her own copy at home.
The latest reported incident follows the theft of a cat ornament at the same cemetery from the grave of Tommy Caine, who died on December 13, 2001 aged 39.
Lincolnshire Police figures show three thefts from graves between January and December last year, compared to six between January and August.
The City of Lincoln Council has confirmed all of its cemeteries are locked at night.
It does not have a policy preventing people from leaving items on burial plots.
Anyone with information about the theft from Kalli-Joe's grave is asked to call 101 quoting reference 312 of October 7.