Sutton on Sea family left ‘heartbroken’ after daughter’s headstone is stolen

Heartless thieves have stolen the headstone from the grave of a 12-year-old girl from Sutton on Sea who died in 2011. 'It was stolen last week from Trusthorpe Cemetery.
Heartless thieves have stolen the headstone from the grave of a 12-year-old girl from Sutton on Sea who died in 2011. 'It was stolen last week from Trusthorpe Cemetery.

A family from Sutton on Sea has been left ‘devastated’ after thieves stole their daughter’s headstone from Trusthorpe Cemetery.

Melissa Dunne died at the age of just 12 in August 2011 and ever since then, family members have been putting toys and keepsakes on her grave to keep her memory alive. But it seems the thieves threw these treasured possessions off he grave, resulting in the breakage of a number of them and took off with the headstone.

Brian McGann, the stepfather of Melissa, who she lived with in the town with her mother Jayne McGann comments on the family’s distress. He said: “We are all absolutely devastated this has happened to Melissa’s grave. To lose her at just 12-year-old was bad enough, but to now find out her headstone has been taken is heart breaking.

“It looks like the headstone has just been chiselled off in someway and then taken away.

“My wife Jayne is in bits and we just want to find out who did this, we don’t want people like that living in the town. My sister has set up a donation page and the support we have received has been amazing.

“In addition to this, a big thank you goes out to local businessman Rob Allen from St Anne’s chippy in Mablethorpe who has said he will pay to have the headstone replaced, a fantastic gesture which we are so grateful for. Any other donations made will go towards replacing the keepsakes that were broken.”

If you wish to make a donation, visit the public group on Facebook: ‘Donations page to replace Melissa’s headstone’.

Lincolnshire Police are looking into the incident. PCSO Billy Spence added: “This is a most unusual and distressing theft that has left a family distraught and baffled why their daughter’s grave would be targeted. We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the cemetery or has any info about the removal of this headstone.”

Please call 101 quoting incident number 114 of May 27.