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Larne family's anguish as thieves steal money for gran's headstone

By Sophie Inge

The family of a woman who recently died have been left devastated after burglars stole money she had saved up for her gravestone.

The home, which was broken into last week, is the latest target in a spate of burglaries in Larne and surrounding areas.

According to the bereaved family, who lost the 83-year-old mother and grandmother to breast cancer last November, the thieves ransacked every upstairs room, taking only money.

"We are in shock, we are just heartbroken and devastated," the woman's grandson, who did not wish to be named, told the Larne Times.

"My granny died from breast cancer eight weeks ago and she had saved up £800 to put her name and picture on the existing headstone at the grave.

"She wanted the family not to have to worry, she had paid for her own funeral six years ago. It was her hard-earned cash, which she had put away year after year. It's not about the money, it's the sentimental value of what the money was for."

The woman's son added: "We are only four or five days into the new year and this happens, we are still getting over losing my mum.

"The people who did this are evil, they don't care if it's for funerals, they just want the money. It's sickening, they have no respect and they're very reckless.

"My sister has lived in that house for 20 years and it's the first time anything like this has happened."

Despite the burglary, the family told the paper they will make sure the grandmother will have her name and picture added to the headstone.

The PSNI said: "At approximately 3.05pm on Thursday, January 5, police received the report of a burglary at a residential premises in the Station Road area of Larne.

"A sum of money was taken from the property. Investigations are ongoing.

"Police are appealing to anyone that may have any information or to anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Larne police station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 630 on 05/01/17.

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

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