17th Nov, 2018

Sister has gift stolen from her twin brother's grave in Redditch Crematorium

Harry Leach 11th Jul, 2018 Updated: 11th Jul, 2018

A HEARTBROKEN lady has appealed for witnesses to come forward in a viral Facebook post after a personal ornament was believed to be stolen from her twin’s grave in Redditch Crematorium.

Patricia Hardy, aged 66, from Oakenshaw, lost her twin-brother Christopher John Cooper to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy in October last year.

“Christopher loved motorcyles.

“He was the proud owner of at least 10 and was always travelling around the world on them.

“A few months after he died I saw a large, red bike ornament, much like one of his own, and I thought I’ll have to buy it.

“I took it to Christopher as a gift because I know he would have loved it.

“I put it down next to his headstone and tidied up the area to make the grave look nice.”

Patricia returned on July 10 to discover her nice gesture was ruined because the ornament had gone missing.

This is not the first time Patricia has gone through heartache, because almost exactly two years to the day, the Standard reported that Christopher’s wheelchair had been stolen from outside his Redditch home.

You can read about the story here.

“It’s horrible that this kind of incident keeps happening.

“I don’t understand why anyone would want to steal it when it’s such a personal gift.”

Soon after realising the ornament had gone, Patricia took to Facebook to appeal for information.

The post, within 24 hours, has been shared over 2,000 times and has hundreds of supportive comments.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who is continuing to share the post and get the word out there.

“I was so close to Christopher and I know if he could see the support from the community it would mean so much to him.”

Contact Redditch Standard reporter, Harry Leach, via harry.leach@bullivantmedia.com if you have any information.

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