Baby grave robbers slammed as ‘lowest of the low’ by ECHO readers

Thieves who targeted the graves of a mum and a baby have been slammed as the “lowest of the low.”

An angry grandad had earlier hit out at the “scumbags” who kept stealing tributes from the graves of his daughter and granddaughter.

Zino Zinonos said tributes ranging from large statues to trinkets worth less than £5 have been taken by thieves striking at Everton Cemetery.

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Liverpool City Council said work to improve CCTV and increase patrols was underway after it was made aware of Mr Zinonos’ concerns.

Mr Zinonos and his family regularly visit the graves of Julie Zinonos, who died aged 37, and Isabella Zinonos, who died when she was just 12 days old and was buried next to Julie.

In the years since Julie’s death in 2015, statues of angels, flowers and smaller tributes laid in her memory have been among the items taken.

Mr Zinonos told the ECHO he had taken to screwing plant pots to the memorial – but even now he claimed there was evidence the robbers were trying to remove the screws.

The 73-year-old said: “What gets me is they are also pinching something from the baby, that really hurts.

“They are stealing from a child. There is no respect.”

ECHO readers were quick to jump to the support of the bereaved family and slammed those responsible.

Martina Jones said the grave robbers who had targeted the mum and daughter memorial were the “lowest of the low”.

Sharon Azzopardi added: “It doesn’t get much lower than this but sadly it’s more common than people realise.

“It’s cruel for the families to know someone has taken from their loved one – some people are just lower than low.”

Stephie Valentina said: “Don’t understand how people can sleep at night doing stuff like this.”

Jackie Melia Cleary praised the family for the attention they’ve given the memorial, as she said: “You have looked after your daughter’s grave so lovely.

“I always admire it when I go to visit my daughter’s grave. So evil of the people who are doing this.”

Other readers shared their concerns that it grave robbers were also targeting other cemeteries across Merseyside.

Gillian Wilson said: “This happens at my sons grave at West Derby Cemetery on numerous occasions.

“I’ve found the things they’ve stolen smashed around the place – pure evil and vandalism.

“Why can’t our children rest in peace, as if it’s not hard enough going without finding this?”

After the ECHO raised concerns regarding robberies in Everton Park, Liverpool City Council said it would be working with police to increase patrols.

A spokesperson said: “Our cemetery staff have been informed of these abhorrent thefts and we are working closely with Merseyside Police and City Watch to enhance surveillance at the cemetery and to increase the number of patrols.

“We urge anyone who witnesses a theft, or has any information about the person – or people – responsible to contact the police.”

Local community policing Inspector Sarah Rotheram added: “We would encourage anyone who believes their relatives’ grave has been affected to contact us so that we can investigate.

Insp Rotheram urged anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area to contact the force by calling 101 or sending a direct message on Twitter (@MerPolCC).

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