Ten-year-old boy charged with theft from Wirral cemetery

FLASHBACK: Headstones at Flaybrick cemetery that were toppled over by vandals

FLASHBACK: Headstones at Flaybrick cemetery that were toppled over by vandals

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A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged following an incident at a Wirral cemetery during which more than 100 headstones were knocked over.

He has been charged with theft and bailed to appear before Wirral Youth Court on Tuesday, September 2.

Two further youths arrested on suspicion of criminal damage remain on bail pending further inquiries.

Police were called to Flaybrick Cemetery in Bidston on the morning of Friday, May 23, to a report that around 100 headstones and memorials had been damaged.

It is believed a group of youths had caused the damage on the previous evening.

Neighbourhood Sergeant for Birkenhead, Kerri Ward, said at the time: "I want to reassure the local community that we take every incident of criminal damage extremely seriously.

"There can be nothing worse than finding the grave of a relative or loved one has been damaged and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice."

Two groups of young people volunteered to take part in a clean-up of the cemetery in July, supported byWirral Council’s youth and ranger services.

The youngsters contacted the council to offer their servics.

Nic Harding, a Ranger and the forest school leader for the council, said at the time: “I was surprised when I got the phone call.

"I expected that people would be distressed by the vandalism in Flaybrick but I was really gladdened by these young people, so enthusiastically defending their heritage and willing to come and help.

"I have to say it has seriously rekindled my faith in young people. Hopefully the message will carry to other youngsters and I would love to see a young persons' group having a say in the development of the heritage in this cemetery’s wonderful snapshot of Birkenhead history."

The police inquiry is still ongoing.

Anyone with information should call officers in Birkenhead on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously: 0800 555 111.

 

 

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5:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jack Boot says...

sergeant Kerri Ward are you having a laugh? A 10 year old arrested for theft after 100 headstones are vandalised, what did he steal ? half a headstone?
sergeant Kerri Ward are you having a laugh? A 10 year old arrested for theft after 100 headstones are vandalised, what did he steal ? half a headstone? Jack Boot
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10:34am Wed 20 Aug 14

JimmyMercury says...

He stole an urn! Anyone found vandalising a cemetery should be forced to spend their weekends tidying up the same. Weeding etc. I don't care how old they are. Bet the parents are really proud!
He stole an urn! Anyone found vandalising a cemetery should be forced to spend their weekends tidying up the same. Weeding etc. I don't care how old they are. Bet the parents are really proud! JimmyMercury
  • Score: 4

11:16am Wed 20 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

The parents are probably scum also
The parents are probably scum also Positive thinker
  • Score: 7

11:20am Wed 20 Aug 14

JohnON says...

JimmyMercury wrote:
He stole an urn! Anyone found vandalising a cemetery should be forced to spend their weekends tidying up the same. Weeding etc. I don't care how old they are. Bet the parents are really proud!
The problem, these days, is there are rarely any consequences for the actions of the kids.

From takeaway shop owners clearing up outside after them - instead of contacting the schools and making the culprits do 'detention' after school by clearing up their own mess - to, as you say, vandalism.

There's always someone else to clear up the mess. The next generation of fly tippers already getting conditioned!
[quote][p][bold]JimmyMercury[/bold] wrote: He stole an urn! Anyone found vandalising a cemetery should be forced to spend their weekends tidying up the same. Weeding etc. I don't care how old they are. Bet the parents are really proud![/p][/quote]The problem, these days, is there are rarely any consequences for the actions of the kids. From takeaway shop owners clearing up outside after them - instead of contacting the schools and making the culprits do 'detention' after school by clearing up their own mess - to, as you say, vandalism. There's always someone else to clear up the mess. The next generation of fly tippers already getting conditioned! JohnON
  • Score: 5

4:29pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Nigrette says...

TYPICAL BIRKENHEAD AV SCUM, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME THAT LOT, TOTAL SCUM BRINGING UP TOTAL SCUM!
TYPICAL BIRKENHEAD AV SCUM, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME THAT LOT, TOTAL SCUM BRINGING UP TOTAL SCUM! Nigrette
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Nigrette says...

ALSO THEIR SIBLINGS ALL HAVE DIFFERENT FATHERS TOO WHICH ARE NOT AROUND AS THEIR MOTHERS CANNOT STICK WITH ONE PARTNER THESE DAYS!
ALSO THEIR SIBLINGS ALL HAVE DIFFERENT FATHERS TOO WHICH ARE NOT AROUND AS THEIR MOTHERS CANNOT STICK WITH ONE PARTNER THESE DAYS! Nigrette
  • Score: 1

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