Heart­less thieves may use stolen leaflets in cash con

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blood On The Streets - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk Van­dals have tar­geted a me­mo­rial gar­den pro­vided for fam­i­lies to re­mem­ber lit­tle ones who have died.

Emma Oram and her fam­ily dis­cov­ered dam­age to a heavy duty leaflet holder at the Baby Gar­den in Ash­ford’s Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Church Road on Satur­day.

Emma sadly lost her baby son Liam 10 years ago, and the gar­den be­came a re­al­ity af­ter she and her fel­low vol­un­teers raised £28,000.

About 50 leaflets were taken, in­form­ing peo­ple about the work done by the char­ity SANDS which she rep­re­sents as well as ask­ing for the pub­lic’s con­tin­ued sup­port in fund­ing the up­keep of the project.

She and her fam­ily are now con­cerned that those re­spon­si­ble may try to use the leaflets to con un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple out of cash.

Her dad Chris Twydell said: “The gar­den is a fan­tas­tic place and so many peo­ple have taken com­fort from know­ing there is some­where spe­cial to re­mem­ber their ba­bies.

“Up un­til now we’ve only seen mi­nor van­dal­ism, and we’ve been happy that the gar­den has largely been left alone. It is so sad that some peo­ple chose to van­dalise such a sen­si­tive area.

“The holder we have re­placed but our con­cern is prob­a­bly more around what’s hap­pened to the leaflets. Our worry is that they could be used to try to en­tice peo­ple to give money.

“It is such a great cause and peo­ple might be tempted to cough up if some­one shows them a leaflet and asks for money. We cer­tainly don’t work that way and would never ask for do­na­tions in that way.

“If any­one knows any­thing about the dam­age, or sees any­one try­ing to use the leaflets to ask for do­na­tions, we hope they will con­tact the po­lice.”

The leaflets were taken some time be­tween Jan­uary 19 and 25.

Any­one sus­pi­cious about peo­ple us­ing the leaflets is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the dam­age is asked to con­tact PC Steve Burne on 01233 896145.

Al­ter­na­tively, if you have in­for­ma­tion but would pre­fer to re­main anony­mous, call Kent Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 quot­ing crime ref: ZY/2552/14.

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM3009692

Emma Oram at the Baby Gar­den in Ash­ford Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, Church Road

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