Hands off my baby’s grave now

Tanya Allinson, 21, is upset vandals have damaged her baby Elisha's grave at Stony Royd Cemetery, Halifax
Tanya Allinson, 21, is upset vandals have damaged her baby Elisha's grave at Stony Royd Cemetery, Halifax

A YOUNG mother has pleaded with mindless yobs to leave her baby’s grave alone.

Tanya Allinson, 21, was distraught after heartless vandals targeted her daughter’s grave four times in under a year.

They destroyed a toy windmill, tore up lights and even stole a plant that had been left on top of baby Elisha’s resting place at Stoney Royd Cemetery, Halifax.

Miss Allinson, from Southowram, said: “What they’ve done is just horrible. It feels like they’re targetting her and I just wish they’d leave the grave alone.

“I get butterflies and feel physically sick when I go and see her because I worry if anything’s going to have happened.

“When it first happened I felt so sad I just wanted to get out of the cemetery. I couldn’t do anything.”

Elisha died shortly after she was born last October when Miss Allinson went into labour four months premature.

“My waters broke and I had to have her then,” said Tanya.

“She took her last breath and then died.

“She was my first and I wanted to make sure the grave was exactly how I wanted it.

“My dad helped me to decorate it and it was perfect but now someone’s ruined it.

“It’s just some people being malicious.”

The most recent attack on the grave happened on August 30 and was the fourth time in less than 12 months.

Miss Allinson said: “I just want whoever it is to know that they will get caught.”

Two months ago ornaments and bedding plants were stolen from the grave of Justine Kelly’s three babies who were all still-born at Rastrick cemetery.

The acts of vandalism caused great anguish for the family who were one of many experiencing problems.