Burton Mail

Explanatio­n from shop as memorial to tragic youth taken down

- By HELEN KREFT helen.kreft@reachplc.com @helen_kreft

A SHOP that created a memorial to a teenager who died in Swadlincot­e has now taken it down.

The Salvation Army shop, in Market Street, Church Gresley, had created a memorial complete with candles and a photograph of Benjamin Orton, encouragin­g people to leave notes which would be displayed and later passed on to his family.

However, within days of the memorial being publicised, the Salvation Army has revealed it is now being taken down to avoid further upset to the family.

John Parrott, who runs the shop, said: “It would appear that we have upset the family of Benjamin Orton, by putting our window in place as a memorial to him.

“Obviously no offence was intended, but has been caused. We have now removed the memorial from our window.”

The Burton Mail has attempted to contact the family of the 17-yearold. The memorial was created following two serious incidents in Swadlincot­e recently allegedly involving knives. On Saturday, June 12, Benjamin Orton died following an incident in The Pipeworks retail park.

Police confirmed he suffered stab wounds before his death.

His 20-year-old friend was left with potentiall­y life-changing injuries after the incident, said to have taken place in a nearby alleyway running alongside the Odeon cinema.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy have appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder.

Another 17-year-old boy has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. The defendants are yet to enter pleas

On Tuesday, June 15, a 19-yearold man was airlifted to hospital after allegedly suffering stab wounds in Eureka Park. He remains in a stable condition.

A 17-year-old has denied attempted murder in connection with the incident and faces trial next month.

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A detail from the memorial to Benjamin Orton, above, that was taken down from the Salvation Army shop in Church Gresley

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