The Harwich Society has expressed great sadness and anger at the theft of its Covid 19 memorial sundial from the Society’s nature reserve at Bobbit’s Hole in Dovercourt.
The sundial was installed as a memorial to those whose lives ended during the pandemic and whose loved ones were not able to mark their passing in the manner that they would have wished.
The theft of the sundial was discovered on Thursday morning and examination of the CCTV footage covering the nature reserve showed that great care had been taken to ensure that the images of the theft were not able to be viewed. The examination of the CCTV indicates that the theft took place overnight on Sunday 6th – Monday 7th November.
Harwich Society chairman, Colin Farnell, says, “We are very sad, bewildered and angry at this despicable act of theft. The sundial was installed as a memorial to those whose lives ended during the Covid 19 pandemic and provided a point of comfort for many people. It is not pleasant to think that there are those amongst us who are incapable of respecting that and who will sink so low. They are beyond contempt.”
The memorial was installed in June 2021. The theft of the sundial will be discussed at the next meeting of the Harwich Society trustees In December.
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