Fury as baby grave is vandalised again

Stephen Farnworth
Stephen Farnworth

A WIGAN dad is calling for more security after his baby daughter’s grave was trashed yet again.

Stephen Farnworth, of Banfurlong, is angry the site where his child, Amber, was laid to rest in Westwood Cemetery, Ince, is continually been targeted by yobs.

Amber died at Wigan Infirmary in February 11 just hours after being born.

The 50-year-old is already a volunteer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT)’s Cemetery Watch to increase security, but he feels bosses are not doing enough to protect the graves.

He said: “It keeps happening and so I have asked WLCT to put cameras up, but they refused because it was an evasion of privacy.

“If one person could get caught and prosecuted it would deter others from doing it. It is so upsetting, as Amber is only a few feet away below the ground and we have decorated her grave and someone has smashed it up.”

A spokesman for WLCT said: “We work closely with members of the public and Wigan Council’s anti-social behaviour team to make sure the cemeteries are secure.

“Staff attend seven days a week in addition to a number of local Cemetery Watch volunteers to raise any issues. CCTV cameras would be ineffective as it is an unlit space.

“However, we have made a number of recent improvements at the site including the installation of a secure gate within the perimeter fence plus the installation of signs warning people the site is monitored.”