AN ILKESTON mum has slammed ‘sick and disgusting’ yobs who regularly steal, smash or remove tributes placed on her toddler daughter’s grave.
Kelly Reynolds has visited her daughter Tiffany Watkins’ grave almost every day since the two-year-old tragically died in March 2010.
This week, 22-year-old Kelly, told the Advertiser that almost every time she visits Park Road cemetery in Ilkeston, something has happened to tributes placed on Tiffany’s grave.
Kelly said: “It’s just horrible and I don’t know who would do something like this.
“I’ve taken most things we left here before home now because whenever I come things have gone missing or are broken.
“I’ve found things in the bin before or people play odd balls and move them to other graves.
“To do it to any grave is disgusting but to take things from a child’s grave is just terrible.”
Kelly said that ornamental angels had had their wings broken, flowers had been trampled on and thrown away and that some toys had been shoved behind Tiffany’s headstone.
She said: “It’s heartbreaking enough going to the cemetery to see Tiff but to know that there will probably be something broken or missing just makes it harder.”
Kelly has now removed tributes and placed them in her own garden where Tiffany’s little sister, Courtney, xx and xx- month-old Corey, the brother Tiffany never met, pay tribute to their older sister.
She reported the incidents to Erewash Borough Council and said she asked fellow mourners to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.
Phil Wright, director for operational services at Erewash Borough Council, told the Advertiser that the Council shared the anger and revulsion felt by everyone at the mindless vandalism and renewed appeals for residents to help in the fight to catch those responsible.
He added that anyone with information or wanting to report incidents or suspicious behaviour can get in touch with the Council on 0845 907 2244 or local police.