Ian Curtis’ Original Gravestone Missing

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The former Joy Division singer’s memorial stone has gone missing from the Macclesfield cemetery where his cremated remains are buried.

The vile graverobber made off with the memorial stone sometime in the early morning on July 2, 2008. Local police continue to ask for anyone with information on its whereabouts to come forward. Surviving members of the band have since made public appeals to the thieves to return the stone, but to no avial.

His gravestone is inscribed “Ian Curtis, 18-5-80”, with the words “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. (see above)

The stone has not since been located and has been replaced with a new one. The message on the memorial stone is the same but the font is more basic. (see video below)

“There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft,” a police spokesman said. “This is a very unusual theft and I am confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present.” [ The Guardian ]

 

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