Mum left distraught after baby son's grave is driven over in Wadebridge cemetery
A MUM from Wadebridge has been left distraught after discovering a large vehicle had run over her baby son's grave.
The headstone with a picture of the little boy was smashed during the incident at the town's Egloshayle cemetery.
Mum Helen Cotterill has managed to repair some of the damage, but the porcelain picture of her son Colby is now cracked and will cost £150 to repair.
She is appealing for witnesses to the incident and for whoever was responsible to come forward and apologise.
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Colby died in 2003 aged just 21 months. His mum said her son was born with health problems caused through mitochondrial disease, which causes the body's cells to lack energy and prevents organs from working properly.
Ms Cotterill said that she had contacted the police in Wadebridge who had been helpful in identifying the type of vehicle responsible.
"The police have been to the cemetery and took a look at the tyre marks that were left on Colby's grave and say they were from a 4x4 vehicle," she said.
"Whoever did this drove right over the grave and knocked over the headstone which now has a large crack.
"I cannot understand what someone was doing driving a vehicle like that in the cemetery.
"I don't know if it was deliberate or an accident, but whoever was responsible must know what they did and should have the decency to admit to what they did. It has been very distressing and I just want whoever did it to at least say they are sorry.
"The police said they could not do anything as no one had reported seeing what had happened, but I'm appealing for someone to come forward and apologise or for anyone who saw what happened."
Sergeant Robin Moorcroft, from Wadebridge police, said officers had assisted Ms Cotterill as much as they could, but the incident was not a police matter.
"What has happened is incredibly sad and our sympathies go out to the family.
"We have been to the cemetery and measured the tyre treads to try and identify the type of vehicle which caused the damage. But we have no evidence of exactly what happened, nor any witnesses.
"Also, the cemetery is owned by Wadebridge Town Council and as far as the police are concerned, it is private property, and the incident is something we cannot deal with," said the officer.
Mayor Tony Rush said people had no reason to drive through the cemetery and he understood Ms Cotterill's distress.
"It is not necessary for anyone to drive through that part of the cemetery and the town council will be looking at ways to stop it happening in the future.
"Whoever caused the damage should own up to it, and be prepared to pay for repairing the headstone," said Mr Rush.