Vandals damage children's cemetery in Fleetwood

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Media captionOrnaments were stolen from the grave of Emma and Michael Towne's baby son Callum

Bereaved parents have condemned vandals who have damaged their children's graves at a cemetery in Fleetwood.

Eight graves were damaged between Thursday and Saturday within the children's memorial area of the cemetery on Beach Road, police said.

Wyre Council says it has placed a mobile CCTV van at the cemetery entrance since it happened.

Jenni Hague, whose baby daughter is buried at the cemetery, said the vandalism was "a disgrace".

Mrs Hague said: "I went to the cemetery on Saturday morning and everything was scattered everywhere.

"What have our babies ever done to you and why do they deserve this? It's just wrong."

'Wrecked the place'

Michael Towne, whose son Callum died in January last year at six weeks old, said he visited the memorial garden on Friday morning to find that ornaments had gone missing from his son's grave.

"We replaced the missing items and the next morning flowers and ornaments had been ripped out of nearly every baby garden and scattered everywhere," he said.

"I can't believe someone could do such a thing to any grave especially young children and babies."

His wife Emma added that the garden was "the only place I can visit him and they'd wrecked the place".

Wyre Council said disturbances at the cemetery were rare but it would consider installing lighting.

PC Victoria Merrill from Lancashire Police said the damage had "caused a lot of upset throughout the town".

"I would urge anybody that has any information that could assist with our investigation to contact police," she said.

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