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Vandals trash mum's grave and write 'we never loved you' over card

A family have revealed their heartbreak after the grave of a much-loved mum was damaged just two months after her death.

Leanne Knight lost her battle with mouth cancer at the age of 33. She died on February 20 surrounded by her family.

She was laid to rest in a grave at Eston Cemetery, near Middlesbrough, on March 26.

But less than four weeks later a photo of Leanne has been trashed, butterfly lights broken and flowers snapped in a ‘disgusting’ attack.

Leanne’s sister Lisa Chesworth said her mum, Jackie, collapsed onto her daughter’s grave after seeing the damage.

‘It’s already destroyed her losing Leanne,’ she said.

‘Now she doesn’t want to leave her there alone, she’s frightened it’s going to happen again.’

Jackie also left a card at the graveside which read: ‘Beautiful forever in my heart, love mam’.


But the vandals wrote over the loving message, scribbling ‘we never loved u’ onto the card.

Lisa said the family believes the damage was caused between 4pm and 4.30pm last Thursday.

Lisa explained how she was alerted to the damage stating: ‘I’m sat at home and I get a phone call to say my beautiful sister’s grave has been absolutely trashed.

‘And a note left on her photo saying we never loved you – how disgusting.

‘Well the police have been rung and the cameras are getting checked around the area. Also the fingerprints you left on the glass vase and photo.

‘For me having to tell my mam that my sister’s grave has been savagely smashed up and to her breakdown on her grave wondering is this going to happen every time.

‘My poor mam is in pieces here. It’s been targeted because it’s only hers who has been done. You have knocked me sick.’

The family is offering a cash reward for information about what happened. Anyone who can help is asked to contact Lisa Chesworth, Jackie Chesworth or Natalie Foster on Facebook.

Cleveland Police confirmed enquiries into the criminal damage are ongoing.

‘Leanne didn’t have any enemies, everyone loved her,’ Lisa added, ‘Everyone followed her journey.

‘I wouldn’t like to see anyone’s grave ruined but it was just hers. Every single thing has been destroyed.

‘We believe it was a targeted attack because it was only Leanne’s all the others around in the old bit haven’t been touched.’

Leanne, a mum of two, was forced to cancel her wedding day with her partner in June last year.

She was diagnosed with mouth cancer at just 30 years old, and had an operation to remove half her tongue.

But Leanne and husband Jamie finally tied the knot at Teesside Hospice in December with a ‘beautiful’ service.

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