Chesterfield MP calls for crisis meeting over thefts and damage at Staveley Cemetery

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, has called for a crisis meeting to discuss a spate of thefts, damage and antisocial behaviour at Staveley Cemetery, following a meeting with concerned families.

Toby with Amy Goucher and family

Toby with Amy Goucher and family

Toby said “People are understandably angry and upset that the graves of their children, parents and grandparents are not being respected. They are placing gifts and sentimental items on their loved

ones graves and they cannot be sure they will still be there the next time they visit”.

Toby was contacted by Staveley resident Amy Goucher, who has set up a Facebook campaign group and organised a petition calling for more security at the cemetery following thefts from her grandfather’s grave.

Toby added, “There appears to be two main causes of problems at the cemetery, one is children who do not understand or appreciate the sanctity of the graves and cause damage and nuisance. The other is older drug and alcohol users, who are stealing items and causing an intimidating atmosphere for grieving visitors. We need improve security, but we also to educate our young people. I have now written to local schools, the police, the church and the Council to see if we can organise a coordinated response”.




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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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