Mum hits out at grave fly-tippers

A MOTHER has today hit out at fly-tippers who left a mound of ugly rubbish next to her son's grave.Sheila Layne regularly tends to her son's gravestone at the Church of St Mary and St Peter, Barham, which was cruelly targeted by fly-tippers.

A MOTHER has today hit out at fly-tippers who left a mound of ugly rubbish next to her son's grave.

Sheila Layne regularly tends to her son's gravestone at the Church of St Mary and St Peter, Barham, which was cruelly targeted by fly-tippers.

Mrs Layne, 83, of Landseer Road, Ipswich, said: "It's awful.

"I don't know who would do such a thing and can't believe their lack of respect.


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"Shame on them."

The Evening Star revealed earlier this week how inconsiderate fly-tippers had blighted Barham cemetery.

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Mrs Layne's son Brian Richards, who lived in Barham, died aged 27 in 1986, leaving behind a wife and three-year-old daughter.

His grave was one of dozens affected by the fly-tippers who left a pile of rubble, burned wood and rusty metal at the church sometime between Sunday August 29, and Thursday, September 2.

The pile was too big for church members to remove but local builder Wayne Caley, from Claydon Aggregates, cleaned up the mess after reading about it in The Evening Star on Wednesday.

Mrs Layne, a mother-of-five, added: "It's a beautiful graveyard that people spend a lot of effort looking after and it's usually a very pretty and peaceful place to visit.

"When someone's dead all you can do is look after the plot where they are. It helps the healing process.

"They must have found it hard to grieve while that awful mess was there.

"I didn't see it for myself but when I read about it I was shocked an upset by it.

"It's so disrespectful."

The Evening Star is still offering a £500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the conviction of the fly-tippers who targeted Barham as part of its Dump the Dumpers campaign.

If you have any information about how the rubbish got there contact Paul Lewis, environmental co-ordinator for Mid Suffolk district council, on 01449 727422 or write to Mid Suffolk district council, 131 High Street, Needham Market, IP6 8DL.

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