A WOMAN has returned to the beauty spot where she scattered ashes of her loved ones and where callous thieves have caused great distress.
Hazel Greenwood lost husband Peter, 46, and sons Felix, 13, and Rupert, 11, in the Bradford City fire tragedy 27 years ago.
Their ashes are scattered at Widdop where the family spent many happy times.
Plaques in memory of her husband and two sons have been erected but for the second time the plaque to the two boys’ has been stolen.
Mrs Greenwood, who live near Keighley, returns to the area to mark the anniversary in May and birthdays in October and November.
Last year friends paid for a replacement plaque which was again placed on a rock near where the boys’ played, but that was also removed sometime this year.
Mrs Greenwood recalled finding the plaque missing for the second time in the run-up to the 27th anniversary.
“It was tremendously bad weather but I struggled to get there with my daughter Jessica and it was a big shock,” she said.
“I feel sorry for the people who have done this - they can’t have any feelings or humanity.
“Very few people go through in life what I have gone through and I’m left to carry a big burden.
“I’ve never got rid of it over 27 years and a theft like this brings it all back raw.
“People have short memories of disasters but don’t realise the burden on people left behind.
“Widdop used to be a very happy place but now the spot has been tarnished.”
The stolen plaque was engraved with the words: “Above here on the moors are scattered the ashes of Felix, aged 13, and Rupert, aged 11, who died in the Bradford City Fire. This was a place they loved.”
Mr Greenwood was a scout leader and a plaque in his memory is placed on a nearby scout hostel he had fond memories of.
PC Dawn Sutcliffe, of Upper Calder Valley Neighbourhood Police, hoped publicity would lead to information.
“This is something we can’t comprehend either and sometimes we get a response because of the sensitive nature of a crime.”
Staff from the National Trust have now found the plaque near where it was taken from. Police are examining it for fingerprints and continuing their investigation.
Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800500111.