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Parents speak of devastation after vandals hit memorial garden

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

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FAMILIES who have children buried in the Forget Me Not Garden at Stapenhill Cemetery have spoken of their devastation after the area was vandalised.

Yobs ripped out dozens of shrubs from the memorial garden at the site and left them strewn around the pathway, wrecking the peaceful environment for families visiting the area.

There have since been calls for CCTV to go up in the secluded location to try to stop this heartless act from being repeated.

Lorrae Tuck, of Salisbury Avenue, Winshill, said she was ‘horrified’ when she heard the area had been vandalised.

“It’s such a special place and it was a horrible thing to do. I didn’t know what we were going to find. It’s devastating that someone would do this, when it’s always been so well cared for.

“If it was kids that did it, I hope they feel really bad after all the uproar it has caused,” said the 24-year-old, whose son Toby was stillborn four years ago.

Rocky Hurst also told of his shock following the attack, as his granddaughter Shannon Paige was buried in the special area around 13 years ago.

“How can people do such things? It’s a sacred place where it’s supposed to be safe, and I can’t understand why they would do it. You just can’t explain. It hurts. It’s saddening to think someone would do that,” said the 69-year-old, who lives in Stapenhill.

One grandmother, Lisa Dixon, called for CCTV to be put up to protect the graves of her granddaughter Paige and other children. “It’s time something was done to deter these people,” she said.

Anyone interested in helping raise funds for CCTV cameras should contact Mrs Dixon on Facebook, by searching for Lisa Upton.

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