A devastated mum has hit out after the grave of her twin baby girls was callously vandalised.
Thornton Lodge mum Tina Lawton, 36, was left heartbroken and furious after her ten-year-old son Shane Suttle had to repair the damaged wooden cross of his twin baby sisters Shannon and Evelyn himself.
The babies died nearly nine years ago following birthing complications.
Their grave at Carr Green cemetery in Rastrick is marked with a solid wooden cross which was targeted by vandals.
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” said Tina. “Do people have no respect?”
The damage was discovered after Tina went to visit the grave with Shane and partner Mick Eastwood, 67.
The cross had been pulled out of the grave and left on the grass covered in muddy footprints.
Mick said: “It was left about three of four feet away from the grave when we found it.”
Tina said Shane and Mick were forced to move the heavy cross back into its place as Tina has problems with her wrist, a job which left the little boy in tears.
Tina said: “It’s disgusting that my son had to do something like that because of someone else’s disrespect.
“He was only tiny when they were born and had to go to their funeral.
“He was sitting in tears in the back of the car after having to move it.
“I’m really upset that he had to see it at all.”
Tina said the damage had only been inflicted upon the twins’ grave and that she felt her family had been targeted.
“I just want people to remember that graveyards are a place for people to grieve in peace, not a playground to go and trash.”
Tina reported the damage to police, and said officers have since been to check the site.
She added: “This seems to be happening too often these days.”