Burglars steal from the dead

The premises of AG Stapleford and Sons
The premises of AG Stapleford and Sons

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Thieves who raided a Portsmouth funeral parlour stole jewellery belonging to dead people.

Police today appealed for help as they revealed details of the burglary, which they described as despicable.

The raid happened between 6pm on Friday February 18 and 12.30pm the next day at the premises of A.G.Stapleford & Sons in Powerscourt Road, Fratton.

PC Paul Bongiovanni said: ‘The offender or offenders gained access via the rear of the property, and cash and a safe containing jewellery belonging to deceased people whose funerals are currently being organised by the Funeral Directors, was stolen.

‘This was a despicable crime and could be upsetting for family members.

‘We know that entry was gained by throwing a brick through the window at the back of the property and that the offenders would have had to climb across nearby flat roofs to access this area.

‘We are asking for anyone who saw anything suspicious between the times stated, to contact us. In particular, we’d like to hear from anyone who saw a beige-coloured safe, about the size of two shoe boxes, being transported.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bongiovanni at Cosham Police Station on 101 or 0845 045 45 45 if calling from outside of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.