Appeal after memorial bench vandalised

The vandalised bench in memory of Oliver Scholes EMN-140728-103723001
The vandalised bench in memory of Oliver Scholes EMN-140728-103723001
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A bench that a father created in memory of his two-year-old son has been vandalised.

The wooden bench was put on the Freeman’s Meadow in Stamford by Paul and Andrea Scholes in memory of their son Oliver, who died in June 2012 from a rare blood disorder. Paul, a global product engineer at Cummins Generator Technologies, built the bench himself and carved it with the words ‘Oliver Scholes 2010 - 2012’.

Paul, 31, was devastated to discover yesterday (Sunday) that the bench had been spray painted with a white tag. It is believed it happened sometime between 7.30pm and 8.10pm.

He said: “We knew from the start there was potentially a risk of something like this happening but hoped people would understand and respect why the bench was there.

“We have been touched by the support of people on Facebook and Twitter who have shared photos and share the same sentiment that this is a truly mindless act and one that deeply saddens us. It’s obvious why the bench was put there and it shocks me to know that someone could still go ahead and do this.

“The bench was installed as it is such a lovely place to sit and reflect on life. It brings us joy when we see people sitting on the bench and playing around the area.

“We will not let this get us down and will ensure it is properly restored. We hope the people who use the area will also support us by taking their litter away and keeping it as a beautiful spot for all to enjoy.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident number 561 of July 27.