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Anger as mini-digger is stolen from cemetery in Carlton

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Police are investigating after a mini digger was stolen from a cemetery in Carlton.

The theft occurred at Carlton Cemetery, in Cavendish Road, between 6.30pm on Monday evening (October 19) and 6.30am the following morning.

Officers say a lock on a side entrance was smashed open and are appealing for information from members of the public in a bid to track the vehicle down.

Inspector Chris Pearson, district commander for Gedling, said: “This is a very heavy machine and could not have been moved without a trailer and also without making a considerable amount of noise. 

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“If you heard or saw anything suspicious in the area on Monday night then please give us a call on 101 quoting incident number 97 of 20 October.”

Councillor John Clarke, leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “We are shocked and appalled that this has happened.

“This vehicle is used to prepare graves and this could cause delays to funerals and cause unwanted stress on families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. 

“At a time when councils are struggling due to budget cuts and responding to the pandemic, the theft of such an important and expensive piece of equipment to carry out essential services is very upsetting.

“If anyone saw anything, please contact the Police as soon as possible.”

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