Mum's sorrow as thieves target her son's grave in Scunthorpe on three occasions
A MUM whose son's grave has been targeted three times by thieves in a year has spoken of her fury.
Carrie Brown's son Kian Lee Waters is buried in the Baby Memorial Garden at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.
Since the start of 2012, thieves have stolen items from Kian's grave three times, the most recent on January 31 this year – the same day as his birthday.
Kian was just three months old when he died of cot death in 2005.
In the most recent theft, thieves stole a headstone which had been made by Kian's nine-year-old brother Ryan and his grandma April Johns.
The cost of this was £60 and there were also a number of ornaments of angels taken, priced at £5 to £10 each.
Miss Brown, 26, of Grange Lane North, Scunthorpe, said: "It is not about the money. It is the fact that Kian will not get anything again, so we want to give him this. I was devastated and it broke my heart.
"This time they have taken absolutely everything. It is a senseless act.
"Ryan is close to me and he talks to him at his grave like he is still there.
"Ryan had made the headstone and it had pictures of angels on it, with two teddies either side."
In the first theft in early 2012, teddies, ornaments and little cars were taken. Thieves also stole a small fence that had been put around the grave.
The second theft, last summer, saw more teddies taken.
But Miss Brown said she would still visit her son's grave and put items down.
She said: "It is making me not want to go down, but I go because of Ryan. I am still going to put things down there."
Miss Brown has not yet reported the issue to police because she does not think the culprits can be caught – but officials have confirmed the incidents occurred.
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "We are very sorry to hear about the thefts from Woodlands Crematorium.
"CCTV is not installed within Woodlands Crematorium or any council cemeteries. We always recommend that families do not leave anything of any financial value at a graveside."