A thief who has been ransacking graves and stealing expensive flower pots from cemeteries in Wigan is wanted by the police.
Between 3pm on 19 March 2016 and midday the following day, a large number of aluminium pots to the value of £4000 were stolen from Wigan Borough Council Cemetery.
Then, between 21 and 24 March 2016, more flower pots were taken from graves at Westwood Cemetery in what is thought to be a related incident.
Greater Manchester Police Constable Sean Robinson said: “We are appealing for any information at all about this reprehensible crime.
“To steal from graves is sacrilege, it is an act which dishonours the memory of those who have passed away and causes enormous emotional distress to their families and loved ones.
“I daresay that someone visiting the cemeteries may have seen someone collecting these pots from graves, and may be able to assist us with a description of the offender.
“Similarly, it is likely these stolen items would have been taken to a scrap dealer, so I would like to appeal to any such dealers in the area to keep an eye out and report any such items to police.
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