Thief returns sundial snatched from grave

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A THIEF with a conscience returned an ornament they had swiped from a grave after The Star highlighted a relative’s plight.

John Oakley spoke out after a sundial attached to the grave of his grandparents Maude and Joseph Goodison was removed from Abbey Lane Cemetery, Sheffield, in July.

John, aged 56, inspected graves close to the plot and noticed similar items had been stolen.

He believed they were being taken for use as garden ornaments.

But, after he featured in The Star, he visited the cemetery and found the sundial was back in its rightful place.

John, of Woodseats, said: “I want to let readers know because it is a good news story. I can only put it down to my picture being in The Star. I presume whoever did it must have seen it, sat back and thought about what they’d done, or maybe someone noticed it in a neighbour’s garden.

“They have obviously realised that returning it was the right thing to do in the end.”