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Yobs attack children’s memorial garden in ‘cruel’ attack of vandalism

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

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VANDALS have desecrated a children’s memorial garden at Stapenhill Cemetery in an act which has been described as ‘shocking’ and ‘cruel’.

Yobs tore out more than 40 shrubs in the Forget Me Not garden – which is set aside to commemorate stillborn children – before tossing them around the area and fleeing.

Councillor Dennis Fletcher, of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said he was ‘deeply saddened and shocked’ by the wanton act.

He said: “The Forget Me Not garden is a special place for many people in the borough.

“The incident has been reported to the police and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward to help find the culprits.”

Work had taken place just days ago to replant some of the shrubs at the secluded spot, when it was hit by vandals.

East Staffordshire Borough Council, which runs the site, said staff had been able to retrieve some of the greenery to put back in place, but some was unsalvageable.

The garden, home to plaques in honour of children who have died, now looks bare.

Police have condemned those behind the act.

Sergeant Bob Champeau, of Burton Police, said: “Those responsible should be brought to justice for this incident – what they have done is wrong.

“It’s nasty and cruel and there can be no excuse for this form of behaviour.

“We would urge anyone with information as to their identity to contact us.”

The garden was vandalised on Thursday, but the information has only just come to light.

The Forget Me Not garden was established by East Staffordshire Borough Council and Burton Stillborn and Neonatal Death charity in 1997, as a special area where babies and young children can be remembered.

Many of the memorials there are adorned with toys, balloons, cards and other items which families have brought for their lost young ones.

Anyone with any information about the vandalism should call police on 101.

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