Vandals strike shrine again

HEARTBROKEN parents of an Ipswich girl killed in a road accident are furious after more tokens of remembrance were stolen.Lanterns had been placed at the scene of the tragedy in Bobbit's Lane, which claimed the life of 23-year-old Sarah Smith on August 23, 2000.

By Tracey Sparling

HEARTBROKEN parents of an Ipswich girl killed in a road accident are furious after more tokens of remembrance were stolen.

Lanterns had been placed at the scene of the tragedy in Bobbit's Lane, which claimed the life of 23-year-old Sarah Smith on August 23, 2000.

She would have celebrated her 26th birthday last month.


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Her parents Ivan and Janet place flowers at there and at the cemetery every fortnight, but when they arrived at the Bobbit's Lane shrine this week the pair of lanterns had disappeared.

Last Christmas, the Downside Close family told how heartless yobs had desecrated her shrine and urged vandals to leave the tributes alone.

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Today Mrs Smith said: "They have pinched the lanterns again. Previous ones have been found smashed –thrown on the ground - but these have disappeared.

"This always seem to happen at times like her birthday, Christmas, or the anniversary of her death which makes it harder to bear."

Sarah was a Bon Jovi fan, and loved her cats.

She had worked looking after residents at the Chrissian Residential Home in Woodbridge Road after leaving Stoke High School.

In January last year a drink driver started three years in jail after admitting causing Sarah's death.

She had been a passenger in his car when it left the road and smashed into a tree. At the time, Mr and Mrs Smith said three years was not enough for taking a life.

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