Bereaved family targeted by thief in Co Down


Police have appealed for information after a grieving family were the victims of theft while visiting a graveyard.

An appeal over the incident was made by police on Wednesday.

In an apparent co-incidence, on Tuesday PSNI officers in Cookstown had also issued a plea for information following a similar crime.

The Co Down incident unfolded between 6.30pm and 7.10pm on Monday, when a family had parked their blue Citroen C3 next to the graveyard at the Church of Ireland on Church Road in Kilmore – a small village to the north-west of Downpatrick.

They were going to visit the grave of a relative who had recently died.

While they were out of the car, two handbags were stolen.

Cash and cards were among the contents stolen, and one of the bags also contained a letter from a relative who had since died, as well as a photograph.

Both items are said by police to have “high sentimental value”.

The incident had been reported on Tuesday, and the PSNI issued a renewed appeal for information about the crime via Facebook on Wednesday, as well as a picture of one of the bags.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quote and quote the following reference code: 1286 of 22/6/15.

On Tuesday, police in Cookstown said they wanted to hear from anyone with information about a similar theft in Ardboe on June 1.

The two settlements are more than 50 miles away by road, and there was no indication of a link between the two at time of writing.

A handbag had been stolen from a parked car at the Old Cross Cemetery, Ardboe, at around 2.45pm.

It was a black leather Kathy Vanzenda handbag, and the PSNI also said it had “personal items inside, valuable to the family”.