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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Mother’s anguish as son’s Barrow grave is defaced

A BEREAVED Barrow mother has been left horrified after discovering her dead son’ memorial picture in Barrow Cemetery “smashed to pieces” while delivering a Christmas wreath to his grave.

Carol Crossman, of New Leys, was visiting her son’s grave on Saturday when she found the plaque fixed to her son’s grave destroyed.

David Crossman, 39, was killed by a single punch during a Barrow Island street attack three years ago.

His attacker, Lee Cooksey, of Schooner Street in Barrow, was found guilty of manslaughter and was jailed for 12 months.

Mrs Crossman, who decorated her son’s grave with a heart-shaped Christmas wreath, said: “It looks like they may have used the ornament to smash the frame.

“It’s in the middle of photographs of my parents so it looks as though he’s been targeted.

“The plaque was quite thick so it would be hard to damage.

“They have picked up something from the grave.

“It looks like they used a dog ornament by his grave.

“The police came and looked the same day. They said it was not random but that he was targeted. Where the frame is damaged you can’t see his face at all.

“We had it specially made overseas so it will take a long time to replace.”

Mrs Crossman added that the event’s close proximity to Christmas made it particularly distressing.

“It would be horrible for his children to see it vandalised,” she said. “His youngest son is 15. We don’t want them to their dad’s grave in this state.”

However, Mrs Crossman said she was determined not to let the vandals win.

She said: “Although they have damaged it and it’s a shock, the memories are in our hands. That’s something they can’t have. They can’t take those from us.”

Mr Crossman, who has three children, was killed on June 26, 2010.

His mother said: “David’s life was full of happy memories and I wonder what sort of memories the person who has done this will leave behind.

“ I feel that people who prey on the dead are too cowardly to face the living.”

This is the latest in a string of crime in Barrow Cemetery involving both thefts and damage.

In September vandals removed the plaque from the grave of a two-year-old child.

Earlier this year in May, police also investigated a headstone worth £900 which had been smashed.

April 2012 saw the theft of 121 plaques from graves which led to a Facebook group calling for better security.

Mrs Crossman added: “Even the police were lost for words. We hope there are witnesses who will come forward.

“I just hope someone will have seen it and can report it so that those responsible can be punished.

“Everyone will have a loved one in that cemetery so I hope people will help.”

“I usually kiss the photograph before I go, but I couldn’t even do that because of all the broken glass.

“You couldn’t even see his face properly.”

Barrow police have confirmed that the incident is under investigation.

Have your say

Once the name of this slime bag is made public, I hope everyone turns the other way and ignores him ... for life.

When the police catch him, please tattoo his forehead with 'I am scum' in large letters.

I hope I never come across him, the useless piece of nothing.

Posted by Peter on 1 January 2014 at 22:55

Vermin coward. Burn him at the stake. This is sickening. I would like 1 minute in a locked room with this pathetic clown. He should not be on this earth.

Posted by billy on 1 January 2014 at 22:50

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