Thieves have stolen dozens of bronze dedication plaques from memorial benches at a Cardiff cemetery.
Fifty-eight plaques bearing dedications to loved ones were taken from the Western Cemetery in Ely in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Cardiff Council managers, who are trying to contact relatives, said staff had been left shocked by the theft.
Officials said the scrap value is thought be less than £200 although the replacement cost will be around £1,500.
The theft comes in the same week youths in Prestatyn were caught on CCTV stealing a bench in memory of three year old Meg Burgess, who was crushed by a wall in 2008.
Cardiff Council have pledged to meet the financial cost of the latest thefts although the cemetery's manager said the emotional cost to relatives was greater.
We will replace the plaques, but how can you repair the memories which they destroyed?”
"They've stolen these dedications, these last mementos of a loved one's life for scrap," said Alan Staniforth, manager of Western Cemetery.
"But they're not scrap. We will replace the plaques, but how can you repair the memories which they destroyed?"
Some of the families affected have already been contacted and offered replacements, though many haven't been able to be reached as the plaques date back to the cemetery's opening in 1935.
Laminated notices have been placed on each of the damaged benches, urging distressed relatives and friends to contact the cemetery office to arrange a free replacement.
The council said every effort was being made to contact people before they visit the graves and specialist support will also be available.
Martin Birch, operational manager of bereavement services for Cardiff Council said: "Staff are shocked and outraged by this theft and will be working closely with those families affected.
"It is impossible to comprehend the depths that some people will stoop to by stealing these precious memorials which mean so much to bereaved families."
"We would call on the local community to contact the police if they have any details about who may be responsible."
Police have said they "are satisfied" a body found on Christmas Day is that of missing Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates.
A couple out walking their dogs discovered the snow-covered body in Longwood Lane in Failand, North Somerset.
Ms Yeates, 25, from Clifton, had not been seen since 17 December.
Police said the death was being treated as suspicious but post-mortem test results were not expected until Monday.
Ms Yeates is thought to have returned to the flat she shared with her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27, after she was last seen at a Tesco Express store in Clifton at about 2030 GMT.
Mr Reardon was in Sheffield visiting family for the weekend and reported her missing to police when he returned home two days later.
Ms Yeates' keys, mobile phone, purse and coat had been left behind at their flat.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "While a formal identification procedure is yet to be completed, police are satisfied that the body is that of 25-year-old landscape architect Joanna Yeates, who went missing during the weekend before Christmas."
He added: "A post-mortem examination has been taking place in Bristol today.
"However, because of the extreme freezing conditions in which Joanna's body was found, it is unlikely that any findings from this will be known until tomorrow at the earliest.
"Officers are, however, treating Joanna's death as suspicious at this stage but will not be able to discuss this further until the results of the post mortem are known."
Police have appealed for information which may help them fill in the gap between Ms Yeates' disappearance and the discovery of her body.
They were expected to continue their fingertip search in the Longwood Lane area throughout Sunday.
Ch Supt Jon Stratford, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joanna's family for their loss.
"We have not stopped working hard throughout the Christmas period to find their daughter after she was reported missing.
"Now we will work just as hard to discover exactly what happened to her and how she came to be in Longwood Lane on Christmas morning.
"Until the post-mortem examination is able to firmly establish how Joanna died, we are keeping an open mind about the cause of her death.
"However, I would appeal to anyone with any information whatsoever that can help this investigation to please come forward and help us provide Joanna's parents with the answers they so desperately want and need."
Conservationists say one of Europe's rarest butterflies is thriving in Gloucestershire.
Thousands of marsh fritillary caterpillars have been found at a nature reserve near Chalford.
Experts have said "huge numbers" of the adult butterflies have already emerged and expect at least 15,000 over the next few weeks.
The orange, brown and yellow insects are in severe decline all over Europe, mainly due to habitat loss.
Sue Smith, chairman of Butterfly Conservation's Gloucestershire branch, said: "They do seem to be doing exceptionally well."
An annual winter survey at the main breeding site, between Chalford and Oakridge, showed there were just seven webs containing larvae three years ago.
This winter there were 300, and each web contained 50-100 caterpillars.
Marsh fritillaries feed on devil's bit scabious, and virtually all of the plants at the nature reserve have been eaten this year.
The Gloucestershire branch of Butterfly Conservation is asking for the public to help by reporting any sightings of the butterfly.
"When you get a large explosion of butterflies like this they are likely to spread outwards looking for pastures new, so we would be very interested to know if people see them in their gardens or farms.
"It may be that if the right food plant is growing in the right situation they could even start up another colony elsewhere," Ms Smith said.
Cyclists have been urged to be show extra aggression on the roads to make drivers more aware of them.
The call has come from Welsh Cycling president Bill Owen who says cyclists should not be afraid to ride in the middle of the road.
It comes after double Paralympic cycling champion Simon Richardson was left critically ill when he was injured in an alleged hit-and-run.
Cycling is one of Wales' biggest tourist attractions and on the rise.
"We are up against it with car drivers," said Mr Owen. "The more cyclists that are out there, the more accidents are increasing.
"These accidents are getting noticed more.
"It's about making car drivers more aware of the cyclists out there. The majority of motorists are tolerant but there are some yobs out there who make it tough for cyclists.
The majority of motorists are tolerant but there are some yobs out there who make it tough for cyclists”
"Yes, there are awareness campaigns going on but it needs more than cycling organisations to do this.
"At the end of the day the authorities and Welsh Government need to act.
"There's even one side to it that cyclists aren't aggressive enough. It's safer to ride away from the kerb where there are cars parked and gutters."
Mr Richardson, 44, who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, was cycling near Bridgend on Wednesday morning when he was in collision with a white van and thrown to the side of the road.
He was taken by air ambulance to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, where he is undergoing treatment for multiple injuries.
His wife said he is in a "critical but stable condition".
Friend Enda Smyth, a member of the Irish Paralympic team, believes the roads are becoming more dangerous to cycle on.
"I think it's shocking the way it's gone with the roads," he said. "I think they are more dangerous now.
"Motorists are aware of what's going on and I think it's just the acceptance on the road.
"The altercations are getting closer and closer. I hear about it each week about people being run off the road and a lot of close calls."
Wales has over 2,000 members belonging to British Cycling which was dealt with 40 claims for accidents in the last two years, and national governing body expressed concern about incidents.
Martin Gibbs, policy affairs and legal director for British Cycling said: "It's a huge issue.
"We are currently going through a process of surveying our members to see what they think is the most important issue.
"The general feeling is varied but that it's about awareness and mutual respect between cyclists and motorists.
The general feeling is varied but that it's about awareness and mutual respect between cyclists and motorists”
"There's a lot that can be done from the UK government perspective.
"If we and the government are encouraging more people to get on their bikes, it's our responsibility to make sure the roads are as safe as they can be."
Mr Gibbs said some of the feedback they were already receiving from their survey includes changes to the driving test to incorporate more awareness.
It also focuses on sentences handed out to drivers involved in accidents with cyclists as well as road layouts.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has been contacted for a response.
The Welsh Government said it provided funding to councils across Wales to improve road safety for vulnerable road users.
"It will continue to work with local authorities and organisations such as Sustrans to reduce casualties amongst these groups," a spokesperson said.