Flowers stolen from baby’s grave at Huntingdon cemetery

CALLOUS thieves who have twice taken flowers from a nine-week-old baby’s grave are being urged to stop by her grieving mother.

Fiona Eryilmaz discovered fresh-cut flowers left in a vase at her daughter Bonnie Ela’s grave in Primrose Lane Cemetery, Huntingdon on Saturday were gone when she returned the next day.

It is the second time the tot’s plot has been targeted in less than a month. Three weeks ago flowers and a potted plant left by Mrs Eryilmaz on behalf of Bonnie Ela’s younger brother Kerem were taken.

Another victim says her husband’s grave, just a few plots down from Bonnie Ela’s, has also been targeted by thieves.

Sadie Goudie, 75, claims ornaments, fresh-cut flowers and artificial flowers have been stolen from her husband Henry’s grave.

Now Mrs Eryilmaz, 29, of Love’s Farm, St Neots is calling for the desecration to end, and has warned she will be reporting the incident to Cambridgeshire Police.

She said: “We used to put trinkets on her grave, but they were always touched or moved, and so we just completely stripped her grave and left two vases there.

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“We put fresh-cut flowers in the vases at about 5pm on Saturday evening and when we returned at 10am on Sunday morning, the vase was completely empty.

“The first thing you do is look around ‘Has someone else taken them for someone else’s grave?’ But we couldn’t see them.

“What makes me angry is that they can see the plaque and it is only a small grave. They must know it is for a baby. These people have no respect for anybody.”

Bonnie Ela died aged nine weeks after developing a lung condition.

Her family, who were living in Turkey at the time, had to apply for a visa for her body to be transported back to the UK for burial.

Mrs Eryilmaz thinks youngsters gathering in the cemetery could be to blame for the recent losses.

But Huntingdon Town Council staff, who own and manage the site, say they have received no reports of groups of young people there.

Mrs Goudie says the thefts have been a problem at the cemetery since her husband’s death 13 years ago.

She said: “I put my husband’s little Scottish things on his grave when he died – they were taken. I used to put fresh flowers down for my husband, but now I only put artificial ones there, and about every two months I have to put new artificial flowers on because they all disappear.

“I do not know who to blame. If they lock the gates people can still climb over. It is not that high. There is not much you can do about it .”

Huntingdon town clerk Karen Cameron said the matter had been raised with the parks manager, who oversees the upkeep of the town’s cemeteries.

“We have asked members of staff to increase their vigilance and I have also advised Mrs Eryilmaz to report the incident to the community policing team. Unless they get incident reports, they cannot know how to respond.”