Vandals target child's grave

HEARTLESS vandals who chopped the heads off plants left at the graveside of a dead baby have a £300 reward on their heads

HEARTLESS vandals who chopped the heads off plants left at the graveside of a dead baby have a £300 reward on their heads. The grave of Billy Winter, who was stillborn, has been vandalised and items have gone missing since he was buried at St John the Baptist Church, Churchill.Village bobby PC Ray Bradley received a complaint about criminal damage at the graveyard earlier this month. Now parish councillor Barry Gwilt and the Winter family have put up a reward in the hope that it will act as a deterrent to those who have committed 'this foul act of vandalism.' The issue has reopened old wounds in the village. Previously, the family campaigned to place a photo of Billy on his headstone, but were denied permission by the parish council.Parish clerk Lindsay Ireland says the rules for the burial ground, owned by the parish council, are the same as those for the churchyard, which does not allow photos.She said: "Toys and plastic figures have disappeared and it is difficult to know whether it is by an adult as a protest, but the council in no way condones people stealing things or desecrating the grave."Billy's mother, Carol Winter, of Duck Lane, said: "I get a sense of dread when I visit my baby's grave as I never know what I am going to find."I have thought about having the body exhumed but it would be too harrowing for my other children. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice about burying him there in the first place."We have had a lot of support from people who have offered to stake out the graveyard in an effort to catch the culprits."Now more people know about what is taking place hopefully that will be the end of it.


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