Father of drowned Lowestoft children 'mortified' by grave attacks

Craig McLelland said the attacks were "disgusting" and "sick"

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A father whose three children were found drowned at their mother's home says their grave has been repeatedly attacked, leaving him "mortified".

The children were discovered in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 15 April - the same day their pregnant mother's body was found at a nearby car park.

Craig McLelland said the grave had been struck twice, with teddy bears and cards torn apart.

Police are treating it as criminal damage and have appealed for witnesses.

The bodies of Levina, three, Addy, two, and 11-month-old Kyden were found at Fiona Anderson's home in London Road South.

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You shouldn't be doing it to any grave, let alone three innocent children who can't defend themselves”

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Tests showed the children had drowned.

Ms Anderson, 23, died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Gordon Road.

'Disgusting'

The children were buried at the Normanston Drive cemetery in Lowestoft in June, but in the last month the grave has been damaged twice.

Vandalised grave of children of Craig McLelland in Lowestoft Craig McLelland said the grave had been repeatedly vandalised

"I'm mortified," Mr McLelland said.

"It's a horrible thing that keeps happening to my children's grave and it shouldn't be tolerated.

"It started off cards getting taken off and thrown in the bin, teddies going missing, a head being ripped off one of them and being scattered around the cemetery, and the last time it got absolutely trashed.

"I think it's disgusting. It's horrible, it's sick.

"You shouldn't be doing it to any grave, let alone three innocent children who can't defend themselves."

He said he had no idea who the culprit was, but has appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said the damage did not appear to have been carried out by wildlife, adding: "We are making regular patrols in the area to try to prevent any further incidents.

"We would also ask that those using the cemetery are vigilant for any acts of vandalism."

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