Teenager’s grave damaged in Pleasington

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We are appealing for information after a teenager’s grave was damaged in Pleasington.

The incident is believed to have happened between last Friday (October 13th) and Monday (October 16th) at the resting place of Brett Lee Thomas - who was 17 when he died in 2004 - at the cemetery on Old Hall Lane.

It was discovered after Brett’s mother, Susan Thomas from Blackburn, had gone to visit his grave (pictured before and after the damage below) to find that the headstone had been prised out of its foundation and several statues had been moved. 

PCSO Matt Cornall from the Blackburn Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “To think that someone would cause this much damage to a boy’s grave is beyond belief. This is supposed to be a place of rest and somewhere where families can come and visit their loved ones.

“There are no obvious reasons as to why Brett’s grave was targeted so I would advise people to remain vigilant and to report any similar incidents to the local neighbourhood policing team via our website or by calling us on 101.

“Lastly, I would urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward and speak to us.

Mrs Thomas added: “I cannot describe the utter shock and devastation I felt to discover that my son’s grave had literally been pulled out of the ground and the statues had been scattered on the gravel where they once stood.

“Please, if you have any information about this, please contact the police.”

Anyone who can help is asked to email PCSO Matt Cornall on [email protected] or by ringing 101, quoting crime reference ED1717216.



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