Lead stolen off gate to cemetery

DAMAGE Lead was stolen from a gate at Kingston Cemetery
DAMAGE Lead was stolen from a gate at Kingston Cemetery
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LEAD which was stolen from a cemetery gate has not been repaired due to a lack of money.

Thieves made off with lead from the gates at Kingston cemetery several months ago.

But Portsmouth City Council, which is in charge of maintaining the site, say the 155-year-old gates will be restored.

Gerry O’Brien, cemeteries manager, said: ‘The gates have been targeted before, but sadly it’s a costly exercise to replace lead only to have it stolen again.

‘Our priority is to keep the cemetery functioning for burials and this has meant extensive work to the fountain and work on the chapels so they can remain open for funeral services.

‘Coupled with an expensive pothole issue we had to address, this meant diverting money away from fixing the gates.

‘However we’re now in a position to find the most cost-effective solution.

‘Having to spend money because of theft is difficult at the best of times, however when finances are increasingly stretched this is puts us in a difficult position.’

The gates were installed when the cemetery opened in 1856.