We’ll watch over the baby graves, says legal firm

James and Tracy Dean at the grave of Lucas, Their baby son, in Stoney Royd Cemetery, which has been vandalised.
James and Tracy Dean at the grave of Lucas, Their baby son, in Stoney Royd Cemetery, which has been vandalised.
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A LAW firm has offered to fund a CCTV camera to deter yobs from vandalising babies’ graves.

Solicitor Anne Grainger, of Haddock and Company, Halifax, said staff were incensed after reading in thb Courier of the latest attack at Stoney Royd Cemetery, Halifax.

She said: “We were all absolutely appalled.

“These people are the dregs of society and everyone in the office was just so upset about it.”

As reported on Monday, Illingworth couple James and Tracy Dean were devastated to find yobs had trashed their baby Lucas’s grave for the second time.

The vandals have also repeatedly targeted Tanya Allinson’s baby Elisha’s resting place just a few plots away.

Ms Grainger said she could understand their pain after losing her sister, who died aged eight, in an accident 40 years ago.

“We still find it difficult to go to her grave now,” she said.

“For these families, these deaths are fresh and it never gets any easier.

“It’s always difficult and to go down there and come face to face with that must be absolutely soul-destroying.

“Our hearts go out to them because it’s just despicable.”

She has written to Calderdale Council to explore the possibility and hopes other businesses will come forward to offer help too.

“It’s not about publicity, it’s about doing something for your community and supporting people that need it,” she said.

Mrs Dean, 32, has welcomed the firm’s generous offer.

“I think it’s fantastic, I really do, because something needs to be done,” she said.

“It is not just our grave. We have been finding out now adult graves have been done so it is for everyone else as well.”