Thieves have raided a third Doncaster grave in little over a week to steal lights which had been placed there by loved ones.
A 60-year-old woman was upset to discover solar lights had been taken from her sister’s grave at Thorne Cemetery on Southfield Road when she got there to visit on Tuesday afternoon.
It follows similar incidents involving children’s graves at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cantley the previous week.
Police are now investigating all three incidents.
One of the mums whose daughter’s grave was targeted by thieves last week has labelled those who took items including solar lights as ‘scum’.
Cheryl Watson, of Intake, was upset over the incident at the grave of her daughter Ashleigh Parks, who died of a rare form of cancer in January 2013.
She said: “You don’t expect anyone to take anything from a grave, especially a child’s.
“They are scum. They have got no conscience. I don’t know how anyone can steal from a teenager’s grave.
“We have no idea why our children’s graves are being targeted. It’s really juvenile to target children – and it is obvious the graves are children’s.
“You start to worry it might be someone we know, but we can’t think of any reason why they would. It’s got so bad I’ve started bringing other things from Ashleigh’s grave home with me so they don’t get stolen.”
Ashleigh, a Danum Academy pupil, died in Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice after spending Christmas 2012 there.
Before her death, the teenager did her best to help others who might suffer the same. She raised more than £1,000 for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and CLIC Sargent charities.
South Yorkshire Police Supt Eddie Murphy said it was not certain if the latest incident was one of theft or vandalism.
He said: “People have to realise how upsetting this is for those who tend the graves of a loved one.
“I would urge whoever is doing this to think of the effect it is having on bereaved people.”