Mum’s grave trashed by vandals who left sick note saying ‘we never loved you’

Heartbroken relatives found a mum's grave vandalised with a sick note saying: "we never loved u".

Leanne Knight died from mouth cancer aged 33 on February 20 and was laid to rest in a cemetery in Eston, Teesside, on March 26.

But less than four weeks later, her husband and relatives found her grave at Eston cemetery trashed in a "targeted attack".

The Grangetown woman's distraught relatives were called to her final resting place on Thursday, TeessideLive reports.

A photo of Leanne has been damaged, butterfly lights broken and flowers snapped in the "disgusting" attack.

Leanne's mum, Jackie Chesworth, had also left a card at the graveside which read: "Beautiful forever in my heart, love mam."

But the vandals heartlessly tarnished the loving message, scribing "we never loved u" onto the card.

Jackie along with Leanne's sister, Lisa Chesworth, were met by the harrowing sight of the damage which they believed happened between 4-4.30pm.

Lisa told of the distressing scenes as her mum collapsed onto Leanne's grave after seeing the damage.

"It's already destroyed her losing Leanne," she said.

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"Now she doesn't want to leave her there alone, she's frightened it's going to happen again." Leanne's mum Jackie attends her daughter's grave daily.

Lisa explained how she was alerted to the damage stating: "I’m sat at home and I get a phone call to say my beautiful sister's grave has been absolutely trashed.

"And a note left on her photo saying we never loved you – how disgusting.

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"Well the police have been rung and the cameras are getting checked around the area.

"Also the fingerprints you left on the glass vase and photo.

"For me having to tell my mam that my sister's grave has been savagely smashed up and to her breakdown on her grave wondering is this going to happen every time.

"My poor mam is in pieces here.

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"It’s been targeted because it’s only hers who has been done.

You have knocked me sick." Lisa added: "Leanne didn't have any enemies, everyone loved her.

Everyone followed her journey.

"I wouldn't like to see anyone's grave ruined but it was just hers.

"Every single thing has been destroyed.

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"We believe it was a targeted attack because it was only Leanne's all the others around in the old bit haven't been touched." Teessiders followed Leanne's journey with mouth cancer as she was about to begin radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment last year.

The mum of two was forced to cancel her wedding day with her partner, Jamie Knight, in June, last year.

Her battle began when she was diagnosed at just 30-years-old and had an operation to remove half of her tongue.

Leanne and Jamie finally tied the knot at Teesside Hospice in December, last year, with a "beautiful" service.

Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses following the report of criminal damage on April 22 at around 5pm.

The family is also offering a cash reward for information. Contact Lisa Chesworth, Jackie Chesworth or Natalie Foster on Facebook.

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