Thieves stole a widow’s car as she visited her husband’s grave.
Police are appealing for help to catch those responsible for the crime as the 76-year-old visited Fairmoor Cemetery, near Morpeth, at around 12.15pm on Monday.
The woman left the keys in her silver Vauxhall Corsa as she tended her late husband’s grave.
And when she returned it had gone.
Northumbria Police’s Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “This was a particularly heartless offence and I would urge anyone with information about the crime to come forward. I would also ask motorists not to leave their keys in their vehicles when they get out, even for a short time, as it is an open invitation to opportunist thieves.
“Always make sure your car is fully secure if leaving it, even for a few seconds, never leave the windows or sun roof open and always ensure all doors are locked.
“Please also remember not to leave personal possessions on view in the car, place them in the boot or take them with you.”
The car’s registration is NX02YSD.
Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101.