A grieving man was knocked unconscious and robbed while he was visiting his sister’s grave in Kingsthorpe Cemetery in Northampton.
The 21-year-old was crouched down at a grave in the cemetery in Harborough Road on Sunday when he was assaulted by four men. When he came round, the man found that his wallet had been stolen.
Northampton Borough and County Councillor Salldsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe) said she hoped the attack was an isolated incident but advised people to take someone with them if they were planning to go to the graveyard
She said: “I think it’s awful that somebody in a graveyard can get attacked. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before and hopefully it’s a one-off.
“It’s bad enough that someone has suffered a bereavement and is trying to show their respects, but to attack someone like that is terrible.
“I don’t understand why they have gone to the graveyard unless it was premeditated. A graveyard is supposed to be a place of solitude and peace.
“Crimes form a pattern and I think people will now have to be a bit more diligent for the next few weeks and not go to the graveyard on their own. “If they are going, they should try to take somebody with them.”
Police are appealing for information or for anyone who may have seen the robbery, which took place at about 3pm.
A police spokesman confirmed: “A 21-year-old man was crouched down at his sister’s grave in Kingsthorpe Cemetery when he was assaulted by four men. As a result, the victim was left unconscious and came round to find that his wallet had been stolen.
“The offenders were described as black, males all aged between 18 and 19 years. One was wearing a gold coloured baseball cap.”
Peter Wyllie, an independent funeral celebrant, who regularly conducts services at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, said he thought the area had always seemed safe.
He said: “From my experience the cemetery has no higher security issue than any other church yard or park in the town and this incident could probably have just as easily happened in one of the parks.
“The only complaints I’ve heard are from people who have verbally mentioned to me their displeasure at the current state of the chapel.”
Mr Wyllie is a member of Friends of Kingsthorpe Cemetery Chapel, a group who are aiming to secure funds to renovate the chapel.
National Front 2010