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Items left at London graveside burned in suspected arson attack

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery (Google Maps)
Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery (Google Maps)

Items placed beside a grave at a south-west London cemetery have been burned in a suspected arson attack.

Police are appealing for information following the incidente at Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery, in Morden, last week.

A mourner arrived at the grave around 7.50am on Thursday, August 17 to find items left there the previous night - silk flowers, a large photo, and gifts - had been burnt.

There were also “obvious scorch marks” on grass and trees surrounding the grave, Scotland Yard said.

No other graves had been damaged.

The fire is understood to have happened between when the cemetery closed, at 9pm on Wednesday, August 16, and when it reopened the following morning.

Police are investigating the incident, which is being treated as arson.

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery opened in 1947, and covers around 20 acres of green space, accommodating thousands of graves.

It is described by Merton Council as multi-faith and multi-cultural, catering for Church of England, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Ahmadiyya Muslim, African Caribbean, Jewish, non conformist and humanist burials.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote 3921/17AUG. You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.