Carrick family ‘distressed’ over theft of grave wreath

Victoria Cemetery. ct30-001tc
Victoria Cemetery. ct30-001tc

A Carrickfergus woman has spoken of her family’s distress on discovering that festive tributes had been tampered with at Victoria Cemetery.

Violet Logue, a member of the well-known Apsley family from the town, has shared her experience in order to alert other residents with relatives buried at the council-run site.

A wreath identical to the one that went missing over the Christmas period. INCT 01-703-CON

A wreath identical to the one that went missing over the Christmas period. INCT 01-703-CON

“We always place two identical wreaths on adjoining family graves in the lawned section at the cemetery approximately a week or so before Christmas. The wreaths are firmly secured with wire and tent pegs to ensure they don’t blow away no matter what weather conditions prevail and we’ve been doing this for the past twenty-plus years without any problems whatsoever - that is until this year,” stated Violet, whose brother, David Apsley, is a former Carrick Councillor.

“You can imagine our distress to discover that someone had deliberately removed one of the beautiful and meaningful wreaths together with most of its securing pegs and wires - the other wreath had a few of its securing wires removed and it looked as if it was about to be stolen too but perhaps those involved had been interrupted. This was particularly upsetting and so very distressful to discover on Christmas morning. How low can some people get to steal a Christmas wreath from a grave at Christmastime?”

The incident has been reported to Mid and East Antrim Council.

In response, the local authority said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is very concerned and saddened by this callous incident. Wreaths are placed in memory of a loved one so it is very distressing for family members to have that wreath removed. In this instance the wreath was tied down and anchored so whoever came to take it must have been prepared which makes it a more pre-meditated and planned theft.”

MEA urged anyone with information to call the PSNI non-emergency number 101.