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Widower angered after thief steals flower bouquet laid at cemetery

Maurice Powell left the flowers after his wife's cremation Photo: BPM Media

A widower, from Hall Green in Birmingham, says he is angry after a thief stole the 51 roses he laid for his late wife, just a day after her funeral.

Maurice Powell, who is 75, had bought a rose for every year of his marriage to Sandra, who died in June after a battle with cancer, aged 70.

He had left the flowers in a memorial area at Robin Hood Cemetery in Solihull after her cremation on 18 July.

But when he returned the following day he was devastated to find the bouquet had been stolen.

I can’t understand why anyone would do this. How low can some people get? If they can pinch from the grieving and the dead, who else would they take from? Especially being the day after she was cremated. It doesn’t say much about society.

Anyone who goes and destroys a place of remembrance can have no feeling or conscious. These people have no compassion at all, it’s added to my grief.

One of my sons said, ‘you have to put it behind you and carry on, that’s the way society is now.’ But I don’t accept it really, I think society should be better than that.

– Maurice Powell
The woman who appeared to take the flowers was caught on CCTV Credit: BPM Media

West Midlands Police are investigating the theft, which was caught on CCTV. The female suspect was seen taking the flowers at around 3.30pm on 19 July.

The card accompanying the flowers was left behind. It read:

One for every year since you became my bride, now I close my eyes and dream of times when we walked side by side

Maurice with his wife Sandra Credit: BPM Media

Maurice described his wife as ‘very bubbly, a lovely woman’.

She put up a lot with me. I was the lucky one, I always told her I used all my luck up the day I met her.

She put us first, right up to the end, she always put us first. I really do miss her.

– Maurice Powell
Maurice left 51 flowers - one for each year of marriage Credit: BPM Media

Robin Hood Cemetery has pledged to work with the police to track down the thief.

It is difficult to understand why anyone would want to steal from the cemetery and show such disregard for someone mourning the loss of a loved one.

We do have CCTV at the cemetery and will support police to investigate the incident.

– Cemetery spokesperson