Family's anguish as grave is badly damaged in Bradford cemetery

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The family of an elderly woman whose grave was apparently damaged by a car at a Bradford cemetery say they want to track down those responsible for the wreckage.

Shahida Ahmed, from West Bowling, said her father, 90-year-old Mohammed Karim, had saved up “every penny” to buy the stone and surroundings for his wife Zeawaran, who died last year, aged 85.

The raised flower bed’s stone surroundings have been cracked and pushed to one side, leaving the bare soil underneath exposed.

Work on the plot was completed just four weeks ago and cost £2,500, said Mrs Ahmed, who visits her mother’s grave in Bowling Cemetery nearly every day.

She said police had told her they believed a car had driven into the structure.

“I think a very heavy object has hit it,” she said.

“I’m just devastated, I’m just trying to be strong. My dad, he is 90, and he saved every penny to have that for her, he was putting the money aside to do it for her.”

Mrs Ahmed said the family could not understand why her mother’s gravestone appeared to be the only one that had been damaged and her father wanted to know what had happened.

“He is so quiet and everything,” she said. “I have had to explain to him what has happened.

“He just wants to find out who could have done it and why, for what purpose. It does look like it has been done deliberately. It looks like somebody has tried to break the whole thing.

“The graves are very close together, so it is strange that it is only my mum’s that’s been affected.

“I know we can’t turn the clock back but If we had some answers it might make it a bit easier.”

Mrs Ahmed said she believed the incident had happened overnight on Thursday.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were investigating after being called on Friday to reports of vandalism at the grave.

Antonio Smith, Bradford Council's bereavement service manager, said: “We are sorry to hear about this incident which must have been very distressing to the deceased's family.

“We will inspect the damage to the grave. This incident has been reported to the police and we would urge anyone with any information on what happened to contact local police.

“Unfortunately, the headstone is the responsibility of the grave owner. "

e-mail: tanya.orourke @telegraphandargus.co.uk

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10:26am Tue 1 May 12

legallyblonde says...

This is so sad, I can never understand why people choose to desecrate the final resting place of the departed, have the patrols stopped - cctv should be set up to catch the disgusting people who did this.
This is so sad, I can never understand why people choose to desecrate the final resting place of the departed, have the patrols stopped - cctv should be set up to catch the disgusting people who did this. legallyblonde
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11:22am Tue 1 May 12

citizen smith says...

Disgraceful!

Unfortunately the poll included with this story is a little worthless. The main concern should not be whether enough is being done to protect cemeteries from vandalism, it should be whether enough is being done by parents to stop their feral sc*m from destroying their own environment.

What kind of morals does someone have to make them think it's ok to drive a car into a cemetery causing damage like this. Probably the same kind who think it's ok to drive without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile, cutting up other traffic, to park on the double yellows and the pavement. Minor traffic infringements some may claim, maybe but still technically breaking the law and a surefire indicator of someone with absolutely no regard for the basic laws or common decencies. It's becoming more and more rife throughout Bradford and is damaging the society of the city.

Desecrating graves, stealing metal plaques from war memorials, feral gangs attacking lone individuals... until courts impose a punishment of suitable deterrent it will get worse and worse and escalate to more serious crimes.
Disgraceful! Unfortunately the poll included with this story is a little worthless. The main concern should not be whether enough is being done to protect cemeteries from vandalism, it should be whether enough is being done by parents to stop their feral sc*m from destroying their own environment. What kind of morals does someone have to make them think it's ok to drive a car into a cemetery causing damage like this. Probably the same kind who think it's ok to drive without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile, cutting up other traffic, to park on the double yellows and the pavement. Minor traffic infringements some may claim, maybe but still technically breaking the law and a surefire indicator of someone with absolutely no regard for the basic laws or common decencies. It's becoming more and more rife throughout Bradford and is damaging the society of the city. Desecrating graves, stealing metal plaques from war memorials, feral gangs attacking lone individuals... until courts impose a punishment of suitable deterrent it will get worse and worse and escalate to more serious crimes. citizen smith
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11:24am Tue 1 May 12

Albion. says...

citizen smith wrote:
Disgraceful!

Unfortunately the poll included with this story is a little worthless. The main concern should not be whether enough is being done to protect cemeteries from vandalism, it should be whether enough is being done by parents to stop their feral sc*m from destroying their own environment.

What kind of morals does someone have to make them think it's ok to drive a car into a cemetery causing damage like this. Probably the same kind who think it's ok to drive without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile, cutting up other traffic, to park on the double yellows and the pavement. Minor traffic infringements some may claim, maybe but still technically breaking the law and a surefire indicator of someone with absolutely no regard for the basic laws or common decencies. It's becoming more and more rife throughout Bradford and is damaging the society of the city.

Desecrating graves, stealing metal plaques from war memorials, feral gangs attacking lone individuals... until courts impose a punishment of suitable deterrent it will get worse and worse and escalate to more serious crimes.
Fully agree.
[quote][p][bold]citizen smith[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful! Unfortunately the poll included with this story is a little worthless. The main concern should not be whether enough is being done to protect cemeteries from vandalism, it should be whether enough is being done by parents to stop their feral sc*m from destroying their own environment. What kind of morals does someone have to make them think it's ok to drive a car into a cemetery causing damage like this. Probably the same kind who think it's ok to drive without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile, cutting up other traffic, to park on the double yellows and the pavement. Minor traffic infringements some may claim, maybe but still technically breaking the law and a surefire indicator of someone with absolutely no regard for the basic laws or common decencies. It's becoming more and more rife throughout Bradford and is damaging the society of the city. Desecrating graves, stealing metal plaques from war memorials, feral gangs attacking lone individuals... until courts impose a punishment of suitable deterrent it will get worse and worse and escalate to more serious crimes.[/p][/quote]Fully agree. Albion.
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11:35am Tue 1 May 12

mad matt says...

it's not just cemetaries, it's park, allotments, any public space and even peoples' private gardens that seem to be a regular target for the sc*m!
it's not just cemetaries, it's park, allotments, any public space and even peoples' private gardens that seem to be a regular target for the sc*m! mad matt
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1:39pm Tue 1 May 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.
Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society. a reasonable sort of chap
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1:59pm Tue 1 May 12

Apollo says...

a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.
Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse.
[quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.[/p][/quote]Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse. Apollo
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11:50pm Tue 1 May 12

sajad727@msn.com says...

Put CCTV up
Put CCTV up sajad727@msn.com
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2:26pm Wed 2 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Apollo wrote:
a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.
Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse.
If it wasn't illegal drugs it would only be to fund alcohol like many car and van break ins plus house breaks ins from years gone by. People rarely change, environments and temptations do. Pointless argument Apollo, especially when our govt are desperately trying to protect poppy fileds abroad.

And very pointless in relation to this story, a family has had to bear the upsetment of losing the matriarch and then there point of reference and final resting place is desecrated. It is wrong but indicative of the BIG SOCIETY.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.[/p][/quote]Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't illegal drugs it would only be to fund alcohol like many car and van break ins plus house breaks ins from years gone by. People rarely change, environments and temptations do. Pointless argument Apollo, especially when our govt are desperately trying to protect poppy fileds abroad. And very pointless in relation to this story, a family has had to bear the upsetment of losing the matriarch and then there point of reference and final resting place is desecrated. It is wrong but indicative of the BIG SOCIETY. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:12pm Thu 3 May 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Apollo wrote:
a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.
Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse.
RUBBISH!

Cannabis is not even addictive. There is a huge difference between cannabis and other drugs such as heroin, and there is a huge difference between drug use and dug abuse. I have smoked cannabis regularly for over 20 years and I would never dream of vandalizing anything let alone a grave. Please educate yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: Nothing is safe from vandals and thieves, nothing. They will smash, torch, or steal anything and everything they can get their grubby little hands on. And there is little point reporting it to Police as they do nothing and are far too busy chasing after harmless cannabis smokers to catch any real criminals. But now we have the full backing of the Government we can now take the law into our own hands and form vigilante groups to mete out punishment, and stab burglars. Welcome to the Big Society.[/p][/quote]Too many of those involved are doing it to feed a drug habit fuelled by cannabis smoking in the first place. Drug abuse is drug abuse.[/p][/quote]RUBBISH! Cannabis is not even addictive. There is a huge difference between cannabis and other drugs such as heroin, and there is a huge difference between drug use and dug abuse. I have smoked cannabis regularly for over 20 years and I would never dream of vandalizing anything let alone a grave. Please educate yourself. a reasonable sort of chap
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