THE mother of a murder victim has revealed she took the extraordinary step of installing a tracking device in a teddy bear left on her son's grave to help catch the person who had been stealing from it.
Yvonne Upton told the Mail she took the drastic measure after Connor's grave in Stapenhill Cemetery, was targeted by vandals nearly half a dozen times in six weeks.
The 21-year-old's mother revealed she was shocked when the tracking device was activated on Sunday morning and police traced it to a property in Burton.
She told the Mail: "After the grave was targeted for the fourth time, I decided I needed to do something so I went online and purchased a tracking device.
"I put it in a teddy and placed that on Connor's grave.
"The system works by sending a text message to your phone and then you use Google maps to pinpoint where the tracker is.
"On Sunday morning, I woke up to find a few messages on my phone and I knew straight away that the teddy had gone.
"I went up to Connor's grave and everything had been taken.
"I called the police and reported what had happened and they took the case from there.
"I just hope that now this is over that we can start getting back to normal.
"I am now going to start building up all the memorials we had at Connor's grave from scratch."
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.
Staffordshire Police confirmed that a 25-year-old woman, of Wood Street, Burton, has been charged with theft.
She is set to appear at Burton Magistrates' Court today.