Wearside family’s heartbreak as tributes to dead teen are stolen

Pictured at a graffiti memorial at the skate park in Princess Anne Park, Washington to Shane Sloan, who died in a car accident earlier this year are his mum Caron Heatherington, sister Samantha and stepdad Dave.

Pictured at a graffiti memorial at the skate park in Princess Anne Park, Washington to Shane Sloan, who died in a car accident earlier this year are his mum Caron Heatherington, sister Samantha and stepdad Dave.

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CCTV images have been released after a thief stole precious tributes left in memory of a teenager killed in a car crash.

Football shirts, photos and even skateboards were left at Princess Anne skate park in Washington in tribute to Shane Sloan.

Shane Sloan at his beloved skate park, where tributes to him were stolen. Below, his family at the park.

Shane Sloan at his beloved skate park, where tributes to him were stolen. Below, his family at the park.

The popular skater lost his fight for life five days after his car collided with a lamppost on the Mount Pleasant Road.

Family and friends flocked to the skate park he loved to leave items in his memory.

But, days later, the 18-year-old’s mum Caron Heatherington was heartbroken to discover a thief had taken everything.

Now, six months after his death, police have released CCTV pictures to the Echo of a man at the skate park who they hope can help with their inquiries into the incident.

SUBMITTED PIC emailed 23 DECEMBER 2011''CCTV images of tributes left in his memory at Princess Anne Park in Washington being stolen.'Shane Sloan''From: eleanor.harris.5159@northumbria.pnn.police.uk [mailto:eleanor.harris.5159@northumbria.pnn.police.uk] 'Sent: 23 December 2011 12:16'To: Marissa Carruthers'Subject: CCTV [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]'CCTV stills attached. 'Eleanor Harris 5159'Media and Communications Advisor (Sunderland)'Corporate Communications, Northumbria Police'101 ext 66084 'Mobile 07500028353'http://www.northumbria.police.uk/

SUBMITTED PIC emailed 23 DECEMBER 2011''CCTV images of tributes left in his memory at Princess Anne Park in Washington being stolen.'Shane Sloan''From: eleanor.harris.5159@northumbria.pnn.police.uk [mailto:eleanor.harris.5159@northumbria.pnn.police.uk] 'Sent: 23 December 2011 12:16'To: Marissa Carruthers'Subject: CCTV [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]'CCTV stills attached. 'Eleanor Harris 5159'Media and Communications Advisor (Sunderland)'Corporate Communications, Northumbria Police'101 ext 66084 'Mobile 07500028353'http://www.northumbria.police.uk/

Mrs Heatherington, 47, who visited the site where Shane was killed to lay a wreath on Christmas Day, said: “It’s terrible. Every single thing that had been put there had been taken.

“It was a total shock. There were football shirts, photos, teddy bears, skateboards – not a thing was left.”

Shane, a former Biddick School pupil, known as Shorty, touched the lives of many.

Relatives and pals have rallied round to carry out fund-raising events, including a memorial night at Herrington club, to raise funds to pay for a plaque and two benches at the park.

Artists from Oxclose and District Young People’s Project have also graffitied Shane’s name, date of birth and the day he died on walls of the park.

“It’s a really special place for us,” Mrs Heatherington, of Penshaw, said. “It means a lot that all this has been done and that he meant so much to everyone.”

The plaque has now been put in place and it is hoped the benches will be ready in February.

Shane was gearing up to graduate from Hylton Road College where he had been studying mechanics to work at his stepdad Dave’s Bishop Auckland garage.

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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