Vandals target toddler’s grave in ‘inhumane’ act at a Rugby cemetery

The vandalised grave at Croop Hill Cemetery
The vandalised grave at Croop Hill Cemetery

A toddler’s grave has been vandalised for a fifth time in an “inhumane” attack at a Rugby cemetery.

Quesir Mahmood visited his son’s grave, in Croop Hill Cemetery, last week and discovered it had been smeared with white paint.

I cannot imagine why anyone would do something like this

Quesir Mahmood

Mr Mahmood lost his son, Husain, in 2009 at the age of two-and-a-half after he had an un-diagnosed condition.

He described the act of vandalism as ‘inhumane’.

“To paint his head stone is a cowardly, inhumane and unforgivable act,” he said.

“I do not know whether this is a religious or personal act, or whether it is children or individuals behind this.”

On four other occasions, Mr Mahmood had found his son’s grave deliberately smeared with mud.

“I ignored it and washed the headstone clean,” he said.

“I cannot imagine why anyone would do something like this but hopefully I can help deter the individuals from carrying it out again.”

Rugby Borough Council cleaned the head stone at the Addison Road cemetery the day after Mr Mahmood reported the problem.

The incident has also been reported to Warwickshire Police.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “The police contacted our bereavement services team last week after receiving a report that mud had been smeared on a headstone at Croop Hill Cemetery.

“Mr Mahmood then contacted us on Sunday to report his son’s headstone had been vandalised with paint.

“We arranged for a stonemason to clean the headstone the following day and have offered Mr Mahmood our full support.

“We continue to assist the police in their enquiries and urge anyone with information about those responsible for the vandalism to contact the police.”

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: “The vandalism of gravestones is thoughtless, completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by police.

“Headstones being damaged and items stolen from graves causes a huge amount of upset and distress to the families whose loved ones’ graves have been affected.

“We would ask anyone who has information about gravestone vandalism to contact police by calling 101.”