Appeal for return of mother’s headstone

Talat Noor - mum's headstone which has been stolen (s)
Talat Noor - mum's headstone which has been stolen (s)

A daughter is appealing for the return of her mother’s headstone after it was stolen from a house in Burnley.

Talat Noor had taken the headstone from her mother’s grave to clean it and turn into a plaque to mark the 20th anniversary of her mum’s death next year.

Talat now lives in London but, while waiting for her friend to carry out the changes, it was stored in her nephew’s front garden on Albion Street.

However someone has taken the headstone - and Talat is urging people to check their gardens or spare land as she thinks it’s probably been abandoned.

“We are devastated,” said Talat. “My mum lived in Burnley on Carlton Road for over 40 years and died aged just 50 in 1995.

“I decided I wanted to do something for the 20th anniversary of her death and so I wanted to clean the headstone as it had faded and change it into a plaque. We had already organised some white roses to be named after my mum.

“The headstone was stored in my nephew’s garden as the person who was going to work on headstone was away in India.

“However someone has come through his gate and, despite there being other items there, they have just taken the headstone.

“It wasn’t clean and was porous so it won’t have had a lot of value, except to us, the family.

“I have reported it to the police and we think someone might have taken it and then dumped it so I am just asking, if anyone has seen it, to help me to get it back. I would be so grateful.”

The headstone states: “In loving memory of Noor Begum Bhatti 1.1-1945-25.6.1995, aged 50 years. A loving wife and mother forever in our hearts.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Burnley police on 0845 125 3545.