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Friends save memory of Mark 'Frodo' Haywood after messages of hate appear about him at Swadlincote skatepark

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

  • Swadlincote,Vandals have spray painted messages about Mark Haywood, aka, Frodo, on swad skatepark where he used to regularly go.

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LOYAL friends of a man who died earlier this year quickly covered hateful messages about him that had been spray painted all over Swadlincote skatepark.

Mark Haywood, pictured, passed away in April at the early age of 21-years-old after being hit by a car.

Mark, nicknamed 'Frodo', regularly visited the skatepark in Common Road with his friends.

After his death, a group of people made up of family and fellow skaters painted a wall white at the skatepark for people to leave messages of condolence in his memory.

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On Monday night however, vandals ruined the ramps and the wall with hate messages.

Mark's old friends Chris Alflat and Jade Mitchell wasted no time in painting over the hateful graffiti.

Chris said: "I first met Mark at the skatepark when I was 14 so to see the writing there was horrible.

"It's the second time it has happened now and at first we thought it might have been drunk people just being idiots.

"Now that it has happened again we are starting to think it is more of a malicious thing and we want to know who is doing it.

"We're not going to let them win though. It doesn't matter how many times they do it, we'll keep painting over it if we have to."

Mark's brother, Richard Haywood, has since moved out of the area.

He said: "I'm not sure who keeps doing it but I'm starting to get really angry. I live down south now but thankfully there are a lot of people who care that still live in the area who have sorted it out quickly, and I'm grateful for that."

When talking about Mark, his friend James Fairbrother said: "The guy was quality. He was a genuinely nice guy.

"My friend rang me on the day he died to tell me what had happened and I was just gutted.

"We are like a family and it's like we have a piece of the puzzle missing."

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