Memorial bench to baby vandalised

A bench dedicated to baby Anthony Rushe has been defaced
A bench dedicated to baby Anthony Rushe has been defaced
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A memorial bench to a baby who died after battling a rare and incurable condition has been vandalised.

The parents of baby Anthony Rushe, who died last year from Krabbe Disorder, were left devastated when they discovered graffiti on a bench put up in his honour in Ashton, Preston.

The tag has now been removed, but Anthony’s mum Jenna Bannon said she was still heartbroken the bench had been defaced.

The 28-year-old said her partner Anthony had walked their dog to the bench and found the graffiti.

She said: “I was just in utter shock. It really hurt my feelings and I burst into tears. It’s right next to where it says it’s a memorial to a baby.

“So somebody either can’t read, or has read the plaque and just doesn’t care and has put their horrible black writing next to it.

“We haven’t got a lot left of Anthony, just our memories, and that’s part of his memory.”
She said the bench had been cleaned, but said: “That’s not the point, they could come back and do it again.”