Thieves target murder victim

Upset: Patricia Edwards with partner Alan Niven at the plot for Janet
Upset: Patricia Edwards with partner Alan Niven at the plot for Janet
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The mother of a murder victim has been left “disgusted” after thieves stole mementos from her daughter’s memorial site.

Patricia Edwards and her partner, Alan Niven of Dunbar Road, Ingol, were devastated to discover that a dog statue and a flower holder had been taken from the site at Ingol Methodist Church, Tag Lane.



Mrs Edwards, 71, said: “We’re both just disgusted that someone could have taken something from a Garden of Remembrance.

“Janet’s ashes are scattered on a plot there along side her friend, Diane’s, who used to go to the church too.”

The statue and flower holder were taken two to six weeks ago and Mrs Edwards said the removal of a rose bush is perhaps to blame.

Mrs Edwards said: “Recently the church removed some rose bushes that were surrounding the garden which meant the memorial was hidden from sight.

“Now they have been taken away it is quite easy to see into the garden.”

Janet, 35, was murdered by her boyfriend Kieran Walmsley, now 37, at their flat in Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle, on August 16 2010.

She died from internal abdominal bleeding caused by being stamped, jumped on or kicked.

Walmsley was given a life sentence after pleading guilty at Newcastle Crown Court by beating Janet during a drunken row, before leaving her to bleed to death in bed.