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Callous thief targeted Streetly crematorium car park during funeral

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A woman whose car was broken into while attending her grandfather's funeral is warning visitors to be vigilant when parking at Streetly Crematorium.

Rachel Marsh said the theft of her bag, which she left in the foot-well of her car, had left her angry and upset.

"I didn't even think about taking my bag with me, my mind was obviously on other things.

"Theft is the last thing you expect at a time like this – I think it's despicable that thieves pick on people when they're down.

"I want to bring this to the attention of other mourners using Streetly Crematorium's car park."

Ms Marsh attended the service at 12.30pm on Tuesday (May 17). She says the thief struck during a window of approximately half an hour.

She told the Observer that staff at the site told her it had happened before, with a family member at the wake also being aware of break-ins there.

Ms Marsh questioned why there were no signs warning motorists of the danger. She added that she thought there used to be notices at the site.

A spokesperson for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, which oversees the service, confirmed that there were no signs, adding that the authority was unaware of whether there had ever been any.

Councillor Mike Bird, leader of Walsall Council, said: "This is a despicable crime carried out by heartless thieves who are specifically targeting people who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

"We would again urge people to not leave any valuables in their cars, especially if the vehicles are left unattended and would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the local police."

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