Mum’s plea after thefts from grave

THE parents of teenager Warren Hay have asked the villagers of Alconbury to remain vigilant after mementos were stolen from their son s grave. Warren, 16, was killed crossing the A141 in Huntingdon, in May. His grave at Alconbury Parish Church has been ad

THE parents of teenager Warren Hay have asked the villagers of Alconbury to remain vigilant after mementos were stolen from their son's grave.

Warren, 16, was killed crossing the A141 in Huntingdon, in May. His grave at Alconbury Parish Church has been adorned with keepsakes, teddies and football memorabilia.

But some of the items have gone missing. Maxine and John Hay are now appealing through The Hunts Post for the return of the items.

They were a small pewter angel, about 12 inches tall, and a lump of fool's gold. The angel had belonged to Warren, and the fool's gold had been left by Warren's grandparents, who had bought it while on a holiday. The items were thought to have been taken overnight on August 1.


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Mrs Hay, who regularly visits the grave with her husband, said she was not angry and did not want to know who had taken the items or why, but stressed she just wanted them returned.

"They are not worth anything to anyone else apart from Warren and the rest of the family," she said.

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"I have not mentioned it to the police because I do not believe it is a police matter - we just want whoever took the items to return them to the grave."

"The items taken are worthless in money, but priceless in sentimental terms."

Warren was buried in Alconbury churchyard overlooking the field where he regularly played football with his friends. The former St Peter's School pupil died after being hit by a car as he attempted to cross the A141 on his way to watch a match at Jubilee Park.

The Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group was set up to campaign for a safe way of crossing the road. About 13,000 people have signed the group's petition.

At the start of the football season, the group also put up signs along the A141 urging drivers to slow down. However, it now looks likely these will be taken down by Cambridgeshire County Council

A spokesman said the council was talking to the family and the action group to try to find a way forward.

"We were not consulted before the signs went up and there are very strict rules set by the Government about signage on the highway. We are currently working with the family and action group on proposals for ways of improving the junction."

CCC has agreed to "fast-track" the process for improvement so that a decision can be made in the next few months.

Mrs Hay, a member of the action group, said the signs were needed and the group would not be removing them.

"If the council take the signs down we will put them right back up again because they have definitely been slowing drivers down.

"We told the county council something had to be done now to protect the kids who train at Jubilee Park, and the signs are doing this."

A family fun day in memory of Warren and to raise awareness of the action group's work is taking place on Monday, August 27, at the BRJ Club, in Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon, from 10am.

INFORMATION: To support the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group, visit www.huntspost.co.uk and sign the online petition. Any bands interested in performing at the fun day should phone Peter Hackett at the BRJ Club on 01480 456220.

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