Florist replaces tribute taken from Portsmouth grave

The Pompey crest among some of the other tributes to Marc Piscopo
The Pompey crest among some of the other tributes to Marc Piscopo
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GENEROUS staff at a florist are replacing a wreath stolen from the grave of a teenager.

As previously reported in The News, the family of Marc Piscopo were left devastated after thieves stole the flowers, which were made in the shape of the Pompey crest, from Portsmouth’s Kingston Cemetery.

Marc, 18, who lived in Queen’s Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, died of a brain aneurysm on Monday, March 25.

He had dreams of joining the British Army and had taken a training course in Hilsea the year before.

His grandparents Derek and Elaine Bull paid £125 to get the wreath made at florists A Webb & Son, in Buckland, and the shop has vowed to recreate it for free.

Police have not yet found any suspects.

Albert Webb, 40, owner of A Webb & Son, said: ‘It’s so troubling for them.

‘There’s nothing else that I can do apart from that.

‘After what has happened then the least I can do is replace it.

‘It takes about a day to make.’

Marc’s mum Tracey Bull, 37, who lives in St Mary’s Road, Milton, said she was overwhelmed by the shop’s generosity. ‘I’m over the moon – what a lovely gesture that is,’ she said.

‘I’m trying to get back to normal really – normal routine and things like that. It’s still quite difficult.

‘It was the one month anniversary recently so that was quite tough. I went up to see him.

‘I’m still angry about the theft. It’s disappointing that someone could do something like that.’

Police are asking people with more information to come forward.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘All available lines of enquiry into this theft have been pursued.

‘No-one has been arrested at this time.

‘Increased patrols have taken place around the cemetery.

‘We have kept the family updated about the investigation.’

Anyone with information should call Fratton Police Station on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.