Thieves target soldier’s grave

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Thieves have stolen keepsakes from the grave of a 20-year-old soldier.

The devastated mum of Stewart McAllister says she can’t believe his graveside at St Peter’s Church on Harper’s Lane has been targeted.

Janice Mallon still finds it too difficult to visit the grave, but Stewart’s dad lights a candle at his headstone every night.

The grieving parents, whose son died after an accident in Canada in 2008, say they can’t believe people would sink so low.

Janice said: “I still haven’t come to terms with Stewart’s death. It’s something I have to deal with every day and I’m still grieving.

“So when I found out about this, I was just so upset.

“Little mementos have gone missing, such as cards and flowers, and they’ve also stolen two plants which have been there since he died, and two solar lights as well.

“I think it’s being targeted because it’s a military grave, and the people responsible should hang their heads in shame.”

News of the theft emerged on the eve of what would have been Stewart’s 23rd birthday.

He joined the army straight from leaving school aged 16, and was part of the King’s Royal Hussars.

- For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.