Baby memorial stolen from Lancashire house

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Police are appealing for information after a plant pot memorial dedicated to a baby that died before reaching full term was stolen.

The incident happened from the back yard area of a house on Whalley Road, Valtyon le Moors, between 12am on Thursday (August 17th) and 8.30pm on Friday (August 18th) when the baby’s distraught parents discovered it had gone.

Thieves went to the back of the property and took the pot which contained a rosebush and a plaque dedicated to the baby.

PC Paul Pountain from Accrington Police said: “This is a truly shocking and sickening theft considering there was a plaque inside the pot clearly marking that it was in memory of a lost child.

“It meant the world to this baby’s parents who are still grieving after their loss which only happened back in May.

“They are understandably very upset and just want the pot back. What adds to their suffering is that the remains of the baby were inside and so I urge the thieves to search their conscience, do the right thing and either speak to us or hand it back to the couple themselves.”

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 01254 353103 or if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference LC-20170819-1366.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.