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Mum heartbroken after gifts and balloons left at dead son’s grave are stolen

A mum has been left heartbroken after balloons and gifts she left on her baby's grave on Christmas Day were taken.

The personalised items left by Marie Worton, 42, at her tragic little boy's final resting place were removed and later found on fire in a cemetery.

On Boxing Day, she received a phone call to tell her the family tributes had gone, and in their place were lager cans, broken bottles and a vodka bottle left on her son's grave.

Marie says it is not the first time things have been stolen from her son's grave in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham.

Tragic Cameron Worton died hours after being born on August 28, 2001.

Marie told Mirror Online : "I can't understand – on Christmas Day, it breaks my heart.

"I can't believe how low they could be to set a fire in a baby garden on Christmas Day or all days.

"Christmas is hard enough without having to deal with this."

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Marie said what has happened this Christmas is the "final straw".

She wants to raise awareness so Stockton Borough Council get CCTV is installed at the Children's Garden at Oxbridge Cemetery, where the shocking incident happened.

The distraught mum added: "Over the last six months, every time I put rosary beads there, they just get pinched.

"It seems to be every time I put something religious it goes and I don't know where. I just want him to rest.

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"I dread going up because I just think what else?"

Marie claims the council told her they cannot install CCTV due to "privacy laws".

Stockton Borough Council has been contacted for a comment.

A police appeal earlier issued by Cleveland Police said: "A mother has been left heartbroken after balloons, soft toys and gifts she left on her child’s grave on Christmas Day were removed and then found on a fire in the cemetery.

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"The lady had placed the items on the grave in the Children’s Garden at Oxbridge Cemetery in Stockton yesterday, but when she visited again today at around 12.30-12.45pm she discovered her child’s grave and others had been targeted.

"Inquiries are on-going and we would appeal for any nearby residents who have CCTV to check their systems in case they’ve captured anything which could help police.

"If you have information or footage, please contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number, quoting Ref 209112.

"If you don’t want to speak to police, please consider contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111."

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