Toys stolen from grave of Hornchurch seven-year-old boy who died of rare cancer
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 07 December 2018
A Hornchurch mum is calling for parents to more thoughtful after toys were taken from her son's grave.
Mitchell Huth, 7, died in 2012 after a two year long battle with neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.
His mum, Kristel Huth, 41, has been visiting his grave at least once a week for the last six and a half years, but when she went last weekend she noticed that a few of his toys that had been left on his grave had gone missing.
A Bob the Builder toy, and a plastic spotty dog - that he had been given by his grandmother-in-law who died earlier this year - were both missing, and she found a pink ceramic diamond shaped ornament left by the side of the road.
The mum of three was certain that the toys had been taken by other children who had been visiting the graveyard with their parents.
She said: “I’ve seen children running around in the graveyard before, and I think one of them must have picked up Mitchell’s toys and their parents might not have noticed at the time.
“Once before I had to tell a child to put a toy back that they had taken from Mitchell’s grave, it wasn’t until I told them off that their parents said something.
“I just wish that whoever had them could return them, they aren’t expensive but they have a lot of sentimental value.
““I just hope that whoever has the toys see’s this and returns them.”
This is the first time that Mitchell’s toys have gone missing, and his grave in Corbets Tey Cemetery is covered in them.
“When I visited last week I just knew something didn’t feel right.
“His grave is always arranged in a certain way, because he had autism, and it was the way he would have wanted it, but there was something up that day, and as soon as I realised they had gone I left” said Kristel.
But Kristel - who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds through charity Mitchell’s Miracles - set up in legacy of her son - said that the cemetery isn’t to blame.
She said: “There are signs up in the children’s bit, and they can’t possibly keep an eye out for everything that goes on.
“There is a lot of love for Mitchell, most people know that it is his grave, and I don’t think someone would have done this as some sort of sick joke.
“It is up to the parents, and they should be more respectful and shouldn’t just let their children run around and pick up whatever they like.”