Plants dug up from woman's grave in Bapchild

Thieves stealing plants from a grave at a churchyard in Kent may be selling them on at boot fairs, police say.

The latest theft involved plants valued at £20, dug up from the grave of a woman at St Laurence Church in School Lane, Bapchild, at the weekend.

A number of polyanthus plants were dug up from the same grave in April.

"I think the thefts are probably happening at night and the flowers are probably being dug up to be sold on at boot fairs," said Pc Chris Hamper.

He said the thefts were distressing for the woman's 61-year-old widower.

"Perhaps whoever stole these plants has a conscience and realises just how upsetting this kind of theft can be for relatives and they will return them."

Police are asking local people to report anyone seen acting suspiciously in the churchyard.

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