Appeal after memorial bench is stolen from St David's Cathedral
11:45am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for information following the theft of a memorial bench from St David’s Cathedral.
The bench was located in the memorial grounds of the Cathedral and taken sometime between midnight on 14/08/2013 and midnight on 28/08/2013, although details have only just been released.
PC Simon Davies said: “This is a particularly sensitive crime because the wooden bench was provided to the cathedral in memory of a family member – and had the words in memory of Irene and Jack Haughton, carved into the wood.”
The bench was valued at more than £400 and had significant sentimental value.
Placed in the grounds in August 2003, the bench was provided in memory of Peter Haughton’s parents.
He said: “Clearly, St Davids held a special place in the hearts of my parents, who retired to the City in 1988. As they had both recently passed away, we felt that we would like to place a bench in the grounds of the Cathedral, near to where their ashes are interred. As a regular visitor, I was astonished to discover that the bench had been taken.
“As we were married in the Cathedral and both our children were also christened there, we have always been extremely fond of the place. Hence, I hope you can appreciate how deeply saddened we are that someone would carry out such a despicable theft."
PC Simon Davies added: “Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to addressing Anti-Social behaviour within communities across the force area. To address this issue additional foot patrols will be conducted when appropriate to ensure the public feel and remain safe. However, police urge members of the community who have concerns, or witness potential crimes, to report them to police. This can be done by calling 101.”
If you have any information in regards to this theft please call police on 101 – or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.