Thieves have stolen precious keepsakes from the grave of a popular Chorley teenager.
The offenders struck over the weekend and stole wind chimes from Jade Pickering’s final resting place at Chorley Cemetery.
The news came just days after her heartbroken parents were told that they would have to wait another eight months to see the man charged over her death stand trial after his case was adjourned.
Jordan Clayton, who was driving the Ford Focus that Jade and her friend Tia Guye were travelling in when they died on the A6 Blackrod Bypass, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
He had pleaded not guilty to the offence at an earlier appearance at Bolton Crown Court.
However, the two families were distraught to find out over social networking site Facebook that the case, which was due to start on Monday, had been put back to February 2012.
Speaking about the delay, Jade’s mum, Nicky said: “We’re completely heartbroken.
“It had been a really tough thing for us preparing to sit and listen to the case and we were hoping that it would bring us some kind of closure.
“We had expected to go to court on Monday for the start of the trial, but we were told that it had been put on Facebook that it had been adjourned until next year.
“We couldn’t believe it, but when we rang the CPS they told us that it was true.
“It’s awful, and to find out like that made it even worst.”
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