Mother's disgust after thieves target stillborn daughter's grave at Woodlands Crematorium
A mother has spoken of her disgust at thieves who have targeted her stillborn daughter's grave three times this year.
Items have been taken on three separate occasions from the grave at Woodlands Crematorium of Hayley Jeffrey's daughter Millie Hill, who was delivered stillborn in January.
Miss Jeffrey says she cannot understand how, or why, anyone could steal items from a grave.
The thieves stole a spinning butterfly, an engraved wooden train and flower pots in the three incidents.
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"This is the third time since January that we have had things taken from her grave, or bed as we call it," she said.
"These are personal items that mean nothing to anyone else but the world to us.
"This is where we always go for our personal moments, so to think that someone can take this is just sick."
Miss Jeffrey said she discovered the theft when she visited Millie's grave on Wednesday, October 3.
Her previous visit was on Wednesday, September 26, meaning the theft took place between these dates.
"I took some fresh flowers down and realised that something else was missing," she said.
"Then I realised that the spinning butterfly had been taken."
She had thought the first theft was an isolated incident, but has been left shocked by seeing the thieves strike again.
"Having spoken to other mums, they have told me similar things have happened to them," she said.
The crematorium is manned by on-site staff on most days, but there are no CCTV cameras in operation.
The gates that surround the crematorium are open until 7pm.