Mum's call for CCTV after vandals target son's grave

Daily Echo: Kim Jeffrey. Kim Jeffrey.

A BEREAVED mother is calling for CCTV surveillance at a city graveyard after vandals targeted headstones.

Kim Jeffrey said the measure was needed after the headstone of her son, Michael Betteridge, in Hollybrook Cemetery was one of four that was pushed over.

The 56-year-old from Northam said that following the act she cannot bear to visit the cemetery.

She said: “It upsets me too much and I don’t want to go.

“I am really hurt to think someone has done that to his grave.”

Michael, described as “kind and thoughtful”, died two years ago aged just 35 after battling liver disease.

His headstone was only put up last year, but now Kim says she cannot afford to pay to repair the damage because she suffers from crippling arthritis and is unable to work.

She said: “It will take a long time to save up. It is just disgusting that this has happened and I feel really sorry for the other people who have suffered as well.

I think there should now be surveillance cameras to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Four headstones were vandalised.

Police believe they were randomly targeted, possibly by someone making their way through the graveyard at night.

One of the headstones had been erected in recent weeks.

A police spokesman said: “Clearly incidents like this bring very strong emotions to relatives who are affected so police would like to renew their appeal for anyone who may know who has done this to come forward.”

Anyone with information about the damage discovered on January 22 can call PCSO Tracey Cullen at the Shirley Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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2:11pm Mon 11 Feb 13

SotonLad says...

CCTV wouldn't prevent it from happening and due to the quantity and quality needed it wouldn't capture anyone clearly enought - even if it was pointing in the right direction!
CCTV wouldn't prevent it from happening and due to the quantity and quality needed it wouldn't capture anyone clearly enought - even if it was pointing in the right direction! SotonLad
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4:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13

ohec says...

I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.
I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated. ohec
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5:48pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

ohec wrote:
I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.
I think that it is down to personal choice, I think that the majority of people do opt for cremation but the choice of burial should not be taken away just because some may consider it to be oldfashioned.
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.[/p][/quote]I think that it is down to personal choice, I think that the majority of people do opt for cremation but the choice of burial should not be taken away just because some may consider it to be oldfashioned. Tenderhearts wife
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7:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sparkster says...

You are right Tenderhearts wife, i have told my hubby if i go before him i dont want to be cremated, there is nothing outmoded about burial, at the end of the day the deceased should be able to rest in peace, we are told by various authorities we cant do this or that, leave burials alone to the people that prefer to be buried
You are right Tenderhearts wife, i have told my hubby if i go before him i dont want to be cremated, there is nothing outmoded about burial, at the end of the day the deceased should be able to rest in peace, we are told by various authorities we cant do this or that, leave burials alone to the people that prefer to be buried sparkster
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8:16pm Mon 11 Feb 13

sabre2th1 says...

ohec wrote:
I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.
Why would you want everyone to be cremated? All that does is waste human and release CO2 emmissions into atmosphere while also using more fossil fuels to burn a body at 800 degrees. Human should be buried so that the body can decompose and give its energy back to the earth. Burials should be free also (no fancy casket crap, just naked wraped in cloth, 6 feet under). Burials for everyone (unless specific want of cremation is present, for religious reasons)
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.[/p][/quote]Why would you want everyone to be cremated? All that does is waste human and release CO2 emmissions into atmosphere while also using more fossil fuels to burn a body at 800 degrees. Human should be buried so that the body can decompose and give its energy back to the earth. Burials should be free also (no fancy casket crap, just naked wraped in cloth, 6 feet under). Burials for everyone (unless specific want of cremation is present, for religious reasons) sabre2th1
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8:45pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

I can understand Kim wanting action taken, but to be honest CCTV is only good if the criminals aren't wearing hoodies.
Imagine how you'd feel watching the CCTV footage of some hooded yobs kicking over your sons grave stone, it would probably be worse than not watching.

Sometimes, it's best not to watch the act of a spineless animal.

Best wishes Kim x
I can understand Kim wanting action taken, but to be honest CCTV is only good if the criminals aren't wearing hoodies. Imagine how you'd feel watching the CCTV footage of some hooded yobs kicking over your sons grave stone, it would probably be worse than not watching. Sometimes, it's best not to watch the act of a spineless animal. Best wishes Kim x IronLady2010
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10:35am Tue 12 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

Tenderhearts wife wrote:
ohec wrote: I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.
I think that it is down to personal choice, I think that the majority of people do opt for cremation but the choice of burial should not be taken away just because some may consider it to be oldfashioned.
Not to mention the many religions that forbid cremation.

I'm sure there are many people that believe everybody should be buried, rather than cremated. But either way, ultimately it is a personal choice and one which everybody has the right to make.
[quote][p][bold]Tenderhearts wife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: I think there might be better ways of spending money rather than installing CCTV to watch over graveyards, burial is an outmoded way of disposal and everybody should be cremated.[/p][/quote]I think that it is down to personal choice, I think that the majority of people do opt for cremation but the choice of burial should not be taken away just because some may consider it to be oldfashioned.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the many religions that forbid cremation. I'm sure there are many people that believe everybody should be buried, rather than cremated. But either way, ultimately it is a personal choice and one which everybody has the right to make. sotonboy84
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