A FLEETWOOD family has hit out after a grave was targeted by vandals.
Lynn Mosson and her family lovingly tend the joint grave of her husband Brian and daughter Jacqueline, in Fleetwood Cemetery.
But last week yobs struck.
Wooden letters spelling out the word ‘garden’ were snapped, a blue pottery Eeyore donkey figure was smashed and flowers were pulled up and thrown about.
Lynn, 59, of Chatsworth Avenue, said: “To say we are upset and angry is an understatement.
“This has not been caused by the wind, someone has picked up the pottery ornament and thrown it against another headstone.
“The wooden lettering would not snap if it was blown about.
“Security could be better but I know it is hard to guard against determined vandals.
“Even if there was CCTV in the cemetery it would not cover the whole area. If gates are closed, youths will climb over.
“I don’t know if Wyre Council has any answers, but this is obviously really upsetting.”
Lynn believes other graves have been targeted by the vandals, with headstones pushed over.
She has been in touch with the police and an officer came to see her about the incident. Officers are investigating the issue.
Lynn’s husband Brian died aged 65 from chronic lung disease in September 2011.
Jacqueline died tragically young – at the age of just 22 – after suffering an epileptic episode nearly 18 years ago.
Jacqueline’s daughter, Stephanie Franklin, 17 – Lynn’s granddaughter – was just 17 months old when her mum died, and her sister Amy, 18, was also a tot.
Stephanie said: “I never got to see my mum.
“Coming here to the grave is the only way I have to talk to her.
“So to see this vandalism here is really upsetting.”
The damage occurred some time between February 10 and 12.
A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “The council is saddened to hear of this incident and will be helping the police. Our cemeteries staff will be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour. This would be an opportune moment to remind visitors that because cemeteries are open spaces and incidents of vandalism and theft do occur, items of memorabilia should not be left on graves. Anything placed on headstone plinths is left there at the owners’ risk.”
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Weather for Fleetwood
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 13 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: South east
Temperature: 13 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: West