POLIcE patrols have been stepped up in a cemetery following a spate of thefts from graves.
Officers in Eckington said there have been a number of ornaments stolen from graves in Cemetery Lodge, Sheffield Road, over the last two weeks.
Patrols are now being carried out around the clock to help catch the thieves and CCTV cameras are being installed.
Police Community Support Officer Dale Merchant said: “This is a despicable crime that can have a distressing effect on grieving families.”
n Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.