Keepsake stolen from grave of ‘the boy who never grew up’

Fay Calvert at the grave of her son, Craig (right)
Fay Calvert at the grave of her son, Craig (right)

A GRIEF-STRICKEN mum has blasted heartless thieves who stole a cherished keepsake from her baby’s grave.

Distraught Fay Calvert, 27, brought the Peter Pan wind chime from America as a fitting tribute to the “boy who never grew up”.

But she was left heartbroken after visiting Craig’s graveside at Hartlepool’s Stranton Cemetery the day before what would have been his sixth birthday to find it had been stolen.

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Fay said: “It’s horrible. I don’t even think heartbroken comes close. How could they so cruel and heartless.”

The Mail has repeatedly reported cases of callous thieves ransacking graveside for quick cash.

Security measure were improved after campaigns and petitions led by the family of Taylor Stallard.

But still thugs are targeting the cemetery and defiling the memory of lost loved ones.

Little Craig Calvert regularly features on the pages of the Mail as we followed his fight for health after he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis aged just two months old.

But he lost his brave battle aged seven months on February 17, 2007.

His mum is still struggling to come to terms with his death - and this vile attack has heightened her grief.

Fay said: “We went to America on a family holiday and looked every single day for something to bring home for Craig because obviously he wasn’t with us.

“I bought it because Peter Pan will never grow up and neither will Craig.

“People say time’s a healer and it gets easier, but it doesn’t get easier at all, then something like this happens and it sets you back. “Who could do this. If someone wants to put it where I can find it please do, I just want it back.”

Fay, who is full-time mum to nine-year-old Peter and Archie, who turns two in September, said thieves previously targeted Craig’s grave and stole a snow globe - a theft she discovered on Mother’s Day.

But she said the family let it go.

But this time she has reported the theft to police.

She said she is confident that it has not fallen off, as her dad, Peter Calvert, 52, built a bearing to make sure it was secured into the ground.

Fay discovered the theft on Tuesday, July 17, at around 2.10pm.

The chime, which cost around £12 and features Peter Pan and Tinkerbell on a grass mound, had only been on the grave for around six weeks.

Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and asked anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Cleveland Police on 101.