Thieves target children’s graves at Newstead Cemetery

Grave stones at Newstead Cemetery have been targeted by thieves. ''Pictured is the grave of Chloe Cotton.
Grave stones at Newstead Cemetery have been targeted by thieves. ''Pictured is the grave of Chloe Cotton.
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TWO children’s graves have been targeted by heartless thieves at Newstead Cemetery in a repeat of previous attacks.

The graves, which have been decorated with mementoes and trinkets by the families, were hit again prompting parents to speak out about the crime.

“We are both shocked and filled with complete sadness that this has happened again,” said Jeremy Cotton and his wife Michelle whose 12 year-old daughter is buried in the cemetery.

“This should be a place for peace. But our place to come and remember our daughter has now been violated.”

A number of small trinkets and pictures were taken from Chloe’s grave as well as from the neighbouring gravestone of fellow cystic fibrosis sufferer, Eliese Argyle, who was Chloe’s friend.

“These things were just tokens of our love and not really worth much except to us,” added Mr Cotton, who lives in Burton Joyce.

“We chose Newstead cemetery because I have family who live in the village as well as other family members buried in the cemetery. It always seemed a peaceful place but I am beginning to regret our choice.”

Chloe and Eliese, who died at 17, are placed close to each other in the cemetery. Both graves suffered the same fate last year but after Eliese’s family set up a surveillance camera, police managed to secure a conviction for the thefts.

“My wife is devastated and extremely upset by what keeps happening,” added Mr Cotton. “These things we place on the graves are loving touches - is anything sacred anymore?”