A spokesman said: “There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft. This is a very unusual theft and we are confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present.”
According to the Telegraph, Curtis’s widow, Debbie, in “is in a state of disbelief and shock” and was informed of the theft after returning from a holiday.
Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris said he suspected the stone had been taken “as a sick souvenir,” adding, “We’ve all been wild and reckless in our time, but surely this represents a new low. It’s probably a fan who has taken it, and I would appeal to them to return it or leave it at the nearest police station.”
Police urged anyone with information to contact them on 0845 458 0000.