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Burton grave woes continue for Yvonne Upton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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THE mother of a murder victim has vowed to continue to place photos and memorials on her son's grave – after it was targeted by vandals for the fourth time in less than five weeks.

Yvonne Upton told the Mail she would 'never stop' tending Connor's grave in Stapenhill Cemetery, despite it now becoming an almost weekly target for people looking to steal pictures and keepsakes.

However, the 21-year-old's mother urged other families with loved ones' buried' graves at the site 'not to worry about vandalism', blaming recent incidents on a 'personal attack' on her family.

She said: "I just want people to leave us be and stop doing this.

"This is the fourth time it has happened now and we all just want it to stop.

"I want to urge other families not to worry as this is a personal attack on us and should not impact them.

"I will carry on putting things on Connor's grave as I cannot just let it be left bare and without photos and other memorials."

In June, the Mail reported how a memory book filled with messages from family and friends was taken from the grave.

The Stapenhill father of two was stabbed to death in 2010 by George Lawrence, who was armed with a knife during a night on the town.

Lawrence was later handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 22 years following a trial at Stafford Crown Court.

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