Vandals rip plaque from dad’s grave

Malcolm Coxon, with the memorial plaque that was ripped from his father's grave in Easington Lane Cemetery.
Malcolm Coxon, with the memorial plaque that was ripped from his father's grave in Easington Lane Cemetery.
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A GRANDAD has hit out at vandals who broke a new memorial plaque at his dad’s Wearside grave.

Malcolm Coxon, 70, was left furious when he visited Easington Lane cemetery to find the aluminium plaque had been twisted off its spike and cast aside.

He is so upset he has offered a reward of £100 for information leading to the successful prosecution of the culprit.

The dad-of-three had only bought the marker a few weeks earlier and was left deeply upset when he found it destroyed.

Malcolm had it made in memory of his dad, Jack Coxon, a former miner from Easington Lane, who died in 1985, aged 66.

He said because he was not allowed to buy the plot outright where his father is buried in the old part of the grounds, he cannot put a headstone in place, like he has done at his mum Mary’s nearby grave.

Malcolm, a retired quality control inspector who lives in Newcastle, reported the vandalism to cemetery officers and police.

The grandfather-of-seven hopes the attack was an isolated incident, but is urging others to keep on the lookout for vandals in the area.

He said: “I don’t know what the world is coming to. I think it is disgusting that someone could do something like this in a cemetery. It is shocking.

“It has been deliberately twisted off, because I set it into the ground with a bit of cement.

“The irony of it is that it only cost £17, but that is not the point. I was really upset that someone could do this.”