A HEARTBROKEN mum today condemned the “despicable idiots” who wrecked her son’s gravestone.
Sheila Frost “cried all day” after discovering grave robbers had struck at the family plot in Sunderland Cemetery.
The 75-year-old was visiting the graveside on the third anniversary of son David’s death when she found part of his headstone had been stolen.
The theft has left Sheila and husband Alan, 75, hurt and bewildered.
Mrs Frost, of Roker, said: “These people are robbing the dead. They don’t care who they hurt along the way.
“You can’t get any lower than this, they’re despicable idiots. What makes someone steal from a grave?”
Mrs Frost was visiting the cemetery, where her mother-in-law and father-in-law are also buried, last Friday when she discovered the statue of a man and a woman from on top of the grave had been taken.
The pensioner said: “We’d deliberately picked that headstone because we wanted the statue to represent Alan and I going to meet our son again someday.”
As a baby, David contracted meningitis when he was just seven months old. The condition left him mentally and physically disabled. He died on June 14, 2010, aged 50.
“David spent the last few years of his life living in a purpose-built bungalow in Ryhope,” added Sheila. “He’d been very happy there.”
Police, who believe metal thieves may have stolen the brass statue to sell on, criticised the raiders, and urged the public to help find those responsible.
Insp Jamie Southwell, from Northumbria Police, said: “This is a disgusting crime, and we really need to identify who has done this and bring them to justice.
“To target and damage a gravestone is the lowest of the low, and officers have checked local scrap dealers to see if the statue had been sold on, but as yet it is still outstanding.
“I’d appeal for anyone who knows where it is, or who knows who is responsible for this crime to contact police with information as soon as possible.”
The thieves are believed to have struck sometime between Tuesday, May 14, and 10am on Friday, June 14, at the Ryhope Road cemetery.
Anyone with information into the theft is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.