It is with great regret that Bracknell Forest Council has to announce a change to the informal out of hours visiting arrangements at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium.
The venue was subject to a burglary last night (Tuesday, 3 April) where several pieces of equipment were stolen, including garden equipment and hand tools. As a result, it is with regret, that the council has been forced to temporarily suspend the informal arrangement for out of hours visiting.
Steve Loudoun, chief officer for environment and public protection, said:
“It is with great regret that we have had to suspend out of hours visiting at the cemetery and crematorium as we know that some people have found the ability to visit later on in the afternoon and early evening beneficial.
“However, due to the burglary last night we need to review security measures as we cannot risk any more equipment being stolen.
“We’re sorry that the actions of callous and opportunist burglars has compromised the informal out of hours visiting arrangements we had in place but hope that people understand we need to protect the cemetery and crematorium from any further possible criminal activity.”
Bracknell Forest Council will continue to support Thames Valley Police with the ongoing investigation in to the burglary and is urging anyone with information to contact the police directly by calling the non-emergency 101 number.
The out of hours visiting arrangements, whereby people were able to visit via a side gate, will be suspended until further notice and all gates will now be locked outside the published opening hours. Visiting times at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium are:
Monday to Friday:
November to February - 8:30am to 4:30pm
March to October - 8:30am to 6pm
weekends and public holidays including Christmas Day and New Year's Day - 9:30am to 4:30pm