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'Awful' vandalism attack on memorial for 10-year-old Ellis
3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
VANDALS have damaged a roadside memorial for a 10-year-old Redditch boy who died in a road collision.
The wooden memorial with Ellis Smith’s name spelt out in flowers was placed in Church Hill Way, close to the shopping centre, where he died in July 2008, after he was in collision with a bus while riding his bicycle.
The family had placed it there a fortnight ago to mark the anniversary of his death. It was attacked between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on the afternoon of Monday, August 12 when the plinth was removed and broken, and the flowers on it were found strewn about nearby.
Some youths were seen in the vicinity shortly before the damage was discovered.
PC Jon Watts, who is investigating, said: “Ellis’s mother and family are very upset and apparently this is not the first time it has happened. She cannot understand why anyone would want to attack a plaque dedicated to the memory of her son who passed away in such tragic circumstances.
“It really is an unpleasant, awful offence and there is absolutely no need for it.
“Criminal damage of this nature will not be tolerated and we are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen it happening or knows who did it. We are determined to bring those responsible to justice and any information will be gratefully received.”
Witnesses or anyone who can help the investigation should contact officers at Redditch Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the incident reference 337-S-130813. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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