Floral tribute to father trashed hours after his funeral ceremony

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 17 May 2018

Sue Wingrove and her son Chris. A floral tribute for her father was vandalised after his funeral.

Sue Wingrove and her son Chris. A floral tribute for her father was vandalised after his funeral.

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A Weston-super-Mare family has been left ‘shocked and upset’ after a floral tribute to their late father was destroyed just hours after his funeral.

'Why would anyone do such a vile thing?' A floral tribute in memory of Graham Hiscocks was trashed hours after his funeral.'Why would anyone do such a vile thing?' A floral tribute in memory of Graham Hiscocks was trashed hours after his funeral.

‘Devastated’ Sue Wingrove and her family are pleading for witnesses to come forward after a snooker table made of flowers in memory of her dad Graham Hiscocks was trashed shortly after he was laid to rest.

Graham – a ‘well-liked’ avid snooker fan known affectionately as ‘Scratch’ – died on April 17 aged 75 after developing septicaemia and pneumonia.

But after completing an emotional send off for her beloved father at Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road on May 4, Sue returned the next day to collect the tribute – only to find it had been badly damaged while other tributes in the flower court were untouched.

Sue, of Tennyson Road, told the Mercury: “Dad loved to watch the snooker and would stay up late not to miss it, that’s why we had the snooker table made for him.

“We are totally shocked and upset by it. Someone must know something, we would be grateful for any information.

“We have spoken to the groundsman who said in all the years he’s been in the job he’s never witnessed flowers being destroyed in the flower court. He saw it in tact when he left at 7pm.”

Graham had four children – Sue, Roger, Kelly and David, who died in 1994 – with his wife Diana who died in 2005 and the family’s pain has only been exacerbated by this ‘vile’ act.

Sue added: “We are devastated by this, losing our dad was hard enough without being faced with this within 24 hours of his funeral.

“He was well-liked by everyone who knew him and would not hurt anyone. We cannot understand why anyone would want to do such a vile thing.”

The tribute has been returned to Weston florist Mrs Bouquet, which has promised to recreate it.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched an appeal for witnesses.

A spokesman said: “We’ve received a report a floral tribute left at the crematorium in Ebdon Road was damaged between 7pm on May 4 and 2pm on May 5.

“Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious at the location between these times is asked to call 101 and provide the reference number of 5218099256.”

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