Calls to protect cemetery

Fleetwood Cemetery, from where a graveside tribute was stolen.
Fleetwood Cemetery, from where a graveside tribute was stolen.
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A friends group is being set up to stop vandals repeatedly attacking Fleetwood Cemetery.

Families and councillors will set up Friends of Fleetwood Cemetery and hold their first meeting at the United Reformed Church, on Dronsfield Road, this Wednesday to plan out how they will stop people damaging graves and removing memorabilia.

Vandals last attacked the Beach Road cemetery on Wednesday when solar lights were damaged, prompting Fleetwood councillors to call the meeting.

Coun Paul Treece-Birch, who will chair the group, said: “The friends group was set up with the aim of improving security at Fleetwood Cemetery.

“We are going to apply for funding and raise money to protect the cemetery.

“I hope it’s going to work.

“This is the second week in a row something like this has happened and it can’t get any worse.”

Yobs trashed graves in the baby and children section of the cemetery two weeks ago.

Memorabilia was stolen, flowers were wrecked and items thrown around the gardens.

The need for a friends group was raised during Wyre Council’s full council meeting on Thursday by Coun Lorraine Beavers .

Speaking during the meeting, she said: “A Friends of Fleetwood Cemetery group will be set up on the back of the attacks and the council will do all it can to help out.”

It has been suggested security gates and permanent lighting should be put in place to protect the cemetery.

Fleetwood Plus, a local community interest groups, has already pledged its support by offering to stage a concert next year and raise money for the group.

Laura Brodie, 28, from Fleetwood, was 28 weeks pregnant with her daughter Elyssa when the baby died in February 2009.

Elyssa is buried in the cemetery with her brother Tyler following his death in November 2009 when Mrs Brodie was 13 weeks pregnant.

She said: “I always get them something on my due dates and need somewhere to put them for my own sanity.

“I worry about them going missing and if I put more expensive things I keep them at home because I don’t want them being trashed.”

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council added: “We are looking forward to working with the group and finding a solution everyone is happy with.”

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