Preston teenager Dylan Crossey's grave targeted by vandals
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Dylan Crossey was aged just 15 when he died six years ago and members of his family regularly attend his grave to lay flowers and memorials to the popular teenager.
But his dad Kevin says he was distraught to discover items left at Dylan’s headstone had been smashed – and he says the incident isn’t the first time his son’s grave has been targeted.
Dylan died in October 2016, after he was struck by David Harwood's BMW in Chain House Lane, Whitestake, and left dying in the road.
Dylan’s grave is situated on Hill Road Cemetery in Penwortham.
Kevin told the Post this was not the first time his memorial items had been damaged, sharing pictures of other occasions and adding “it’s been going on since my son has passed.”
In this most recent incident, the vandals had snapped a plaque displaying the word ‘Son’, which Kevin says was the “only thing I had left.”
This broken tribute can be seen in an image shared by Dylan’s father.
Kevin has reported the incident to the police, who are now appealing for any witnesses, who may have seen anything at the scene.
Taking to Facebook after Monday’s incident, Kevin wrote: “My son Dylan was killed just over 5 1/2 years ago and I’ve been putting things on his grave over the years but not been able to really go over the past year as been really ill.
"I’ve got police involved and got many crime reference numbers and about 10 mins ago they [the police] rang me.
“They are appealing for witnesses, to anyone that has seen any activity… [like] items being binned or broken at Dylan’s grave.”
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “It was reported to us on May 23rd and is under investigation. Items damaged included picture frames, a vase and a statue. Anyone with information should contact us on 101 quoting log 0993 of May 23rd.”
An inquest into the events leading up to Dylan's death was sensationally halted in September when Coroner Dr James Adeley ordered a reinvestigation into the case.