Anger over theft of flowers from gravesite

Low act: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says any person suspecting the theft of flowers or vases from its Laurieton Cemetery should notify police.
Low act: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says any person suspecting the theft of flowers or vases from its Laurieton Cemetery should notify police.

Laurieton’s Elton Morrow is angry.

Just a few days after his wife Patricia passed away, Mr Morrow placed vases and flowers at her gravesite at Laurieton cemetery.

The following day they were gone. Stolen, he believes.

While that was distressing for Mr Morrow, he wanted to keep placing vases and flowers on his wife’s grave.

A few days after the first incident, Mr Morrow returned to the cemetery and placed more vases and flowers around Patricia’s gravesite.

Unfortunately, these also disappeared.

In total five vases and flowers have been removed, he said.

Mr Morrow's distress was compounded because two of the vases had been made and decorated by his late wife.

“The main point with the whole thing is that the flowers really aren’t much. Really. But the vases that have been taken were the ones that Patricia had made herself,” Mr Morrow said.

“She had dementia but she managed to put prints on them too.

“I certainly got cranky about it. Even our daughter came down and put flowers on her grave and these also disappeared.”

Patricia passed away on October 1, 2017.

​A spokesperson for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says any member of the community who believes that flowers have been stolen from a gravesite should notify the police.