Thieves steal from memorial to five-year-old girl

Lily-Mae Jeffries

Some of the remaining windmills at the memorial to Lily-Mae

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

HEARTLESS thieves stole a memorial to a little girl tragically killed in an accident in Weymouth.

Five-year-old Lily-Mae Jeffries died following a collision on Weymouth Way in March, 2012.

Her family set up a memorial area with colourful windmills, close to where a new pedestrian crossing was installed following her death.

But Lily-Mae’s grandmother, Jax Gibbard, was saddened to find that the largest windmill in the display had been taken some time on Friday.

She and husband Kev are asking for the culprit to return the windmill or at least ‘think about what they have done’.

Mr Gibbard said: “My wife put a little explanation for people who want to know what it is, but I think most people in the town know.

“Jax got out of her car when she realised the windmill was missing to see if it had blown over, but it was completely gone.

“It was firmly placed in the ground so someone’s taken it.”

He added: “If whoever took it could put it back or replace it that would be nice.

“It’s a tribute to our little granddaughter and we just want to make them realise what they have done. It’s just a little thing but it’s important to us.

“People need to remember what happened there.”

As reported in the Echo, Lily-Mae was crossing the road with her siblings and great-grandmother when they were in collision with motorbikes on March 10, 2012. Lily, from Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, died the following day at Southampton General Hospital.

Since her death, Lily-Mae’s family has held several fundraising events in her honour.

Mrs Gibbard said: “It’s just a bit disappointing that somebody has done this.

“When they were building the crossing we took the windmills away and so many people were saying to us ‘when are you putting them back?’ “People have given me windmills and asked me to put them there for them.

“It wasn’t necessarily to remind everybody of the accident, but just to make them aware of the dangers of the road.

“It’s there for a reason – there’s a photo of Lily-Mae and it says ‘in loving memory’ so it’s quite obvious what it’s there for.”

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9:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

annotater says...

My be as the roadworks are almost completed, the new crossings are a tribute enough now. Roundabouts have sign posts on them depicting a business advert, why not call the crossing Lily-Mae's crossing?
In my view, the tribute should not have been removed without at least speaking to relatives first!
My be as the roadworks are almost completed, the new crossings are a tribute enough now. Roundabouts have sign posts on them depicting a business advert, why not call the crossing Lily-Mae's crossing? In my view, the tribute should not have been removed without at least speaking to relatives first! annotater
  • Score: 23

9:48am Wed 30 Apr 14

oldbrock says...

here's hoping whoever moved it never has a days luck until it or another is replaced, its easy telling people that there is tribute enough in crossings etc but that will NEVER fill the gap, my daughter was miscarried in 1981, her name was cut on her mother's gravestone and it, to me, is still fresh. People liked the windmills up, at least it wasn't pints of stale beer or bottles, cans etc, why cannot some people, just leave things alone?
here's hoping whoever moved it never has a days luck until it or another is replaced, its easy telling people that there is tribute enough in crossings etc but that will NEVER fill the gap, my daughter was miscarried in 1981, her name was cut on her mother's gravestone and it, to me, is still fresh. People liked the windmills up, at least it wasn't pints of stale beer or bottles, cans etc, why cannot some people, just leave things alone? oldbrock
  • Score: 11

10:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

MaidofDorset says...

By all means name the walk through path if the family want it. I have no problem with roadside memorials as long as they don't distract drivers. Perhaps the bank could be planted with some bulbs or flowers for an enduring memorial.

For the person who stole the windmill, you are the lowest of the low.
By all means name the walk through path if the family want it. I have no problem with roadside memorials as long as they don't distract drivers. Perhaps the bank could be planted with some bulbs or flowers for an enduring memorial. For the person who stole the windmill, you are the lowest of the low. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 14

11:25am Wed 30 Apr 14

missyw says...

This is an old school friends daughters memorial.Its sad that someone has been so inconsiderate and selfish in doing this. How would u feel if it was your daughter's or familys memorial being vandalized or stolen from. Should be ashamed of yourself!!!!
This is an old school friends daughters memorial.Its sad that someone has been so inconsiderate and selfish in doing this. How would u feel if it was your daughter's or familys memorial being vandalized or stolen from. Should be ashamed of yourself!!!! missyw
  • Score: 10

1:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Honestytruth says...

MaidofDorset wrote:
By all means name the walk through path if the family want it. I have no problem with roadside memorials as long as they don't distract drivers. Perhaps the bank could be planted with some bulbs or flowers for an enduring memorial. For the person who stole the windmill, you are the lowest of the low.
There have been bulbs planted but they will not bloom yet because of the work that has taken place and the bulbs going in late.
[quote][p][bold]MaidofDorset[/bold] wrote: By all means name the walk through path if the family want it. I have no problem with roadside memorials as long as they don't distract drivers. Perhaps the bank could be planted with some bulbs or flowers for an enduring memorial. For the person who stole the windmill, you are the lowest of the low.[/p][/quote]There have been bulbs planted but they will not bloom yet because of the work that has taken place and the bulbs going in late. Honestytruth
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

More Morals Please says...

What is wrong with the world today when a deceased child memorial is not out of bounds for petty crime. There once was a code of honour where things like this would not have attracted even the worst of criminal. Once they find the person responsible I hope they are named and shamed for the scum they are.
What is wrong with the world today when a deceased child memorial is not out of bounds for petty crime. There once was a code of honour where things like this would not have attracted even the worst of criminal. Once they find the person responsible I hope they are named and shamed for the scum they are. More Morals Please
  • Score: 12

9:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Out of order!!
Where is Angel Morisssey, not interested in helping on this one ?
Out of order!! Where is Angel Morisssey, not interested in helping on this one ? westbaywonder
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Thu 1 May 14

JamesYoung says...

More Morals Please wrote:
What is wrong with the world today when a deceased child memorial is not out of bounds for petty crime. There once was a code of honour where things like this would not have attracted even the worst of criminal. Once they find the person responsible I hope they are named and shamed for the scum they are.
Sadly, probably 30% of the people who see the naming will think the miscreant is some kind of folk hero.
[quote][p][bold]More Morals Please[/bold] wrote: What is wrong with the world today when a deceased child memorial is not out of bounds for petty crime. There once was a code of honour where things like this would not have attracted even the worst of criminal. Once they find the person responsible I hope they are named and shamed for the scum they are.[/p][/quote]Sadly, probably 30% of the people who see the naming will think the miscreant is some kind of folk hero. JamesYoung
  • Score: 0

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