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Thief steals Lorna Doone’s gravestone from Exmoor churchyard

By NDJFran  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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Lorna Doone's gravestone has been stolen from an Exmoor churchyard.

The headstone bears the same name as the fictional character from RD Blackmore's famous 19th century novel.

Police said the stone marked the grave of a Lorna Doone Ridd and was stolen from St Martin's church in Martinhoe sometime between October 22 and 25.

Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor was published in 1869 and was set in the 17th century in the East Lyn Valley area of Exmoor.

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However the character was fictional and the fact that the gravestone bears the same name is purely coincidental.

PC Martin Beck is appealing for anyone who may have any information regarding the theft to ring 101 quoting crime number CI/12/121.

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  • Sue200  |  November 02 2012, 8:12AM

    Hope she comes back to haunt whoever took it. Disgraceful and for what?

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  • The Denes  |  November 01 2012, 11:42PM

    So, So, Sad!! Why on earth do people do this and what 2nd hand knocked off value will it attract? Its only real value will reside when situated above the plot where Lorna was buried.

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  • DaveButterton  |  November 01 2012, 8:26PM

    Absolutely tragic, that's part of our heritage gone right there....gutted.

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  • Stork  |  November 01 2012, 3:11PM

    What were they ( I say they, headstones tend to be heavy) going to do with the headstone. Try and sell it on E-Bay ?

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