Vandals smashed baby’s headstone in Sunderland cemetery

Greta Robson at the grave of her son Steven who died in 1983. The grave stone was recenly damaged as were others nearby in Mere Knolls cemetery.

Greta Robson at the grave of her son Steven who died in 1983. The grave stone was recenly damaged as were others nearby in Mere Knolls cemetery.

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A MOTHER has told of her shock after her baby’s headstone was knocked over by vandals.

Greta Robson has been visiting her son Steven Collin’s grave for 30 years since he died of heart muscle disease in 1983.

Picture supplied by the Robson family of the damaged stone at the grave of Steven Robson in Mere Knolls Cemetery, Sunderland.

Picture supplied by the Robson family of the damaged stone at the grave of Steven Robson in Mere Knolls Cemetery, Sunderland.

When she visited the site at Mere Knolls Cemetery, in Monkwearmouth, just over a week ago, she was devastated to discover his headstone had been knocked over and smashed.

“It had fallen against the headstone behind and was chipped,” said Greta, 66, of Seaburn.

“Some of the others around it were also chipped and damaged.

“The headstone is a bit out of the way of the main cemetery, but in the last couple of years they have allowed vehicles to drive down the path, so we thought someone might have hit it with a car. We took some cement in to repair it, and while we were there a man walking past said some headstones further along the path had been damaged.”

Greta, and husband Colin, 68, wrote to council bosses to complain about the damage, and the fact that they were not told about what had happened.

“We don’t expect a response from them as we can’t confirm who is responsible for the damage,” said Greta,

“My main objection is that we weren’t informed and were confronted by it when visiting the grave with flowers.

“I was more than a little upset to say the least. I only visit the grave every couple of months because I try not to make it something I have to do, so I had not been for a while, and I think it had happened a while before we went.

“If they can find out who did it, just an apology would be enough.”

Councillor James Blackburn, responsible for city services, said:

“We understand how distressing this must be for the family members and we treat very seriously any report of damage in cemeteries. The very nature of the situation requires that great consideration be given to those concerned.

“We are looking into this matter and will contact the family concerned with our findings as soon as we can. We encourage anyone witnessing damage to report it as soon as they can.”