Devon

Dartmoor Haytor deaths: Garden memorial to be created

Katherine Hooper, Joshua and Samuel
Image caption A social services review has begun into the care given to Katherine Hooper and her sons, Joshua and Samuel

A memorial garden will be created for a mother and her sons who were found dead in Devon.

Katherine Hooper, 24, and Joshua Patterson, five, fell 80-100ft (24-30m) at Haytor on Dartmoor in July.

The body of two-year-old Samuel was later found at Ms Hooper's home in Paignton.

Funerals for all three were held in Torquay on Monday. The garden is being created by neighbours in Dukes Close, where Ms Hooper lived.

Neighbour Janette Nolan, who is making the memorial garden, said: "Josh and Samuel were beautiful boys, Kat was a very pretty, gentle girl.

"We're going to have a plaque so they will always be remembered and it will be somewhere for people to go and have fond memories or them.

"We're [also] collecting donations, shrubs and plants in memory of Josh, Samuel and Kat."

'Sadly missed'

Ms Nolan said: "I just didn't want people to forget the lovely family.

"I hope in some way Kat, Josh and Samuel, if they can, look and see the garden and I hope it puts a smile on their faces wherever they are."

Image caption A single hearse brought two coffins - one for Ms Hooper and one for her sons

Stan Perry, who is helping with the project, said: "Our little square is a very close-knit community and they'll be sadly missed."

He added the garden would contain predominantly shrubs and also include black slate and pebbles.

A private funeral was held for the three dead at Torquay Crematorium at about 14:00 BST.

A single hearse brought two coffins - one for Ms Hooper and one for both of her sons.

Devon and Cornwall Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The family were known to social services and a serious case review has begun into their care.

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