‘Who would stoop so low?’

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A Waterside priest has expressed his shock and disappointment after heartless thieves stole the tops of two pillars leading into the cemetery at Ardmore.

The two pillar tops, which are made of sandstone, were reported stolen on August 5. It is believe they date back to the 1770s.

Father Chris Ferguson, who sits on the parish’s Cemetery Committee, told the Journal he was shocked to learn of the theft but added that it was a “sad indictment of the times we live in”.

“I have to wonder who would stoop so low so as to target a cemetery - a place where people go to pay respects to their loved ones?

“It’s very disappointing that the cemetery has been targetted in this manner but not surprising given the times we are living in.”

Police are investigating the theft of the pillar tops while the parish is discussing what to do to replace them. “You do notice them gone,” Fr. Ferguson said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Constable Tim Cooke on 075859 79182.

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.