THE mother of a murder victim has pleaded with the person who has stolen a book of memorial messages left at his grave to “please return them”.
Yvonne Upton issued the appeal for help to find the book, which was filled with poignant notes from the past four years and had been left at her son Connor’s (pictured) grave in Stapenhill Cemetary.
The 21-year-old’s mother was left distraught after visiting the site to pay her respects only to find that the book and several pictures of the former amateur boxer had been taken.
She told the Mail: “I could not believe that someone had taken the book.
“The grave has never been vandalised and never been disrupted until now.
“All we want is to get that book back and I would ask anyone who has it to please put it back at Connor’s grave.”
Mrs Upton revealed that the idea for the memorial book came about as a way of helping people to grieve for the youngster following his death after being stabbed outside a Burton nightclub in 2010.
“It is really tough for people going to visit a grave of someone they love,” she said.
“So we came up with the idea of the memorial book.
“We put it at Connor’s grave with pens and urged people to write messages and memories while they were paying their respects.
“There is nearly four years worth of messages in there from so many different people.
“Family and friends, his daughters and myself all have put an entry or two in the book.
“This is not about finding out who did it, it is just about getting the book, and all the memories in it, back.
“It is heartbreaking to think that the book could be lost and we will have lost all of those thoughts and feelings for Connor.”
The father of two was stabbed to death by George Lawrence, who was armed with a knife during his night on the town.
Lawrence was later handed a life sentence with a minimum of 22 years following a trial at Stafford Crown Court.