Widow horrified at grave attack in Corby

Helen Kelly at her late husband Harry Kelly's grave, which was vandalised
Helen Kelly at her late husband Harry Kelly's grave, which was vandalised

The widow of a former pub chain owner who died last year says she was left horrified when she discovered that her late husband’s grave had been attacked.

Corby man Harry Kelly, whose firm ran a large number of pubs across the Midlands, died in February 2013 at the age of 60 and was laid to rest in the Shire Lodge Cemetery in Corby.

His widow Helen, 65, said she was left distraught when she discovered through Facebook that Mr Kelly’s grave had been vandalised.

As well as gouging the gravestone and removing a photograph of Mrs Kelly from the gravestone, the vandal also smashed a number of ornaments.

Mrs Kelly said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I heard about it on Facebook. I was totally horrified.

“I heard that it was more than just my husband’s gravestone that was damaged but the others aren’t near my husband’s.”

Mrs Kelly said she and her daughter Hayley McQueen had since tidied up the grave itself but said the headstone had been removed and would need to be completely replaced.

She added: “It looks a lot better now it has been tidied up.

“The gravestone had only been installed a few months earlier, about a year after Harry died.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police confirmed they had received a report last Wednesday about damage being caused to a headstone.

She added: “A 22-year-old man from Corby has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

“He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.”

The spokesman added that Mr Kelly’s family was so far the only one that had made a complaint about damage being caused to a headstone.