AN ELDERLY woman was left distraught after going to attend her partner’s grave - only to find flowers had been strewn across the graveyard.

Susan Cox, 76, regularly visits her late partner Phillip Killick's grave, but when the pensioner visited not long after midday on Saturday, October 16, she was met with a ‘very upsetting' scene.

Ms Cox said flowers from around ‘four or five’ graves had been chucked across the ground at Weymouth Crematorium; she believes intentionally.

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“Artificial flowers were spread all over the ground, it was very, very upsetting,” said Ms Cox.

“They were artificial and I put them back in the urn. I was so upset, I just collected the flowers and left not long after.

“It is awful. I hope they catch them.”

Ms Cox said she regularly goes to see her partner's grave to talk with him and spend time there after he passed away at the end of January.

The pensioner says she had seen several people behaving ‘anti-socially’ on previous dates - on occasions leading to her taking different paths as she did not feel safe.

Ms Cox is now calling for a bigger police presence where anti-social behaviour is an issue.

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“We have a helicopter at night sometimes, but there should be a bigger police presence.”

Ms Cox also said litter had also been a problem for a little while at the site.

Neighbourhood Inspector David Parr, of Weymouth police, said: “Anti-social behaviour (ASB) remains a priority for the neighbourhood policing teams and we are continuing to carry out regular patrols across the town.

“We will engage and, where necessary, use escalating enforcement powers and partnership resources to address the behaviour of those that seek to harm our community.

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“We would encourage everyone to please report incidents of anti-social behaviour to Dorset Police.

“These reports help us to build an intelligence picture across the area to find out where anti-social behaviour is occurring and to direct patrols to any areas that have increased reporting of ASB.”