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Ludworth family distressed as father's headstone targeted for third time
VANDALS have been branded “callous’’ after a former miner’s gravestone was attacked for the third time.
The family of Kenneth Stones, of Ludworth, County Durham, are upset at the interference with his marble headstone.
The latest attack, in which the heavy stone was pushed over, happened on August 4 in St Cuthbert’s Churchyard, Shadforth - the sixth anniversary of Mr Stones’ death from cancer.
The first attack was in January, when the headstone was pushed on an angle. Then around Father’s Day the headstone was pushed flat on the ground.
His widow Bina and his three grown-up children are distressed and are mystified as to why his headstone has been targeted.
His son Walter, of Horden, said: “This time they broke the marble pots on the side and tipped it right over.
“It had only been put back up a week and a half, two weeks.
“Me dad didn’t have a bad word with anybody, my mam is the quietest person you can think of , so we just don’t know why they are doing this.
“Everybody over Ludworth, Sherburn, Sherburn Hill, knew my dad as 'Spanner'. He was very well liked.”
The headstone is heavy and after the second attack the stonemasons put extra concrete in the base.
The family have now had to take out insurance in case it is damaged again. Currently the headstone is still lying on the ground.
“It has got to be more than one person tipped it over. Me and the policeman tried to lift it up the other night a\nd we couldn’t even move it."
PC Jeff Barksby said “This is a callous act which has been very upsetting for Mrs Stones and the family.
“ We are appealing for anyone who may know who has carried out these attacks to contact us via 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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