Baby grave toys were insensitively dumped in bin bags

Click Here for your BlueDolphin Gift CertificateA council has reviewed its procedures on removing toys and flowers from the graves of babies after the Leicester Mercury revealed they were being dumped in bin bags.

The Mercury highlighted the issue after grieving mothers Tia Bradshaw and Emma Glaze discovered their children’s keepsakes among a pile of discarded teddy bears, toys and flower pots at Gilroes Cemetery, off Groby Road, Leicester.

The cemetery has a traditional section for babies and young children – where people are allowed to leave ornaments – as well as a lawned section where mementos are prohibited in order to allow staff to cut the grass.

Tia and Emma were angry they had not been notified prior to the removal of their toys from the lawned section by Leicester City Council – and they were devastated to see them dumped so unceremoniously.

Emma, of Braunstone, who lost her daughter, Chanii, just three hours after she was born prematurely in September, said most of the items taken were on the headstone of the grave, rather than the grass, so did not need to be removed.

Following the Mercury’s report last month, Leicester City Council officials have admitted the issue should have been dealt with more sensitively.

Environmental services director Adrian Russell said: “This is a very difficult and sensitive issue and we want to consider the matter carefully to see if there are things we can do better.

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