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Crying mum blasts evil’ grave vandals

PUBLISHED: 15:31 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

Murdered: Ben Hitchcock

Murdered: Ben Hitchcock

THE MOTHER of a murdered teenager said the scum that desecrated her son s grave will burn in hell . Lee Hitchcock, 47, from Penge, stood screaming in the rain when she saw that her 16-year-old son s grave had been vandalised. Ben Hitchcock (pictured

THE MOTHER of a murdered teenager said the 'scum' that desecrated her son's grave 'will burn in hell'.

Lee Hitchcock, 47, from Penge, stood screaming in the rain when she saw that her 16-year-old son's grave had been vandalised.

Ben Hitchcock (pictured right) was stabbed in Beckenham last June in a street fight between two groups of youths.

His grave in Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End Road, had its cross ripped out, the guardian angel thrown from the grave, flower pots smashed, lights broken and flowers and pictures of Ben torn out.

Mrs Hitchcock, who was told of the desecration on Monday, said: "I went straight down there and didn't know the full extent of the damage. I went in the pouring rain and I was in complete shock. I just stood in the rain screaming. They completely smashed his grave up and kicked his cross and put it face down in the mud. I was hysterical. I just wasn't prepared for the extent of the damage.

"It has just been hell for us. I still haven't come to terms with the loss of Ben. We all try to cope.

"This attack just took me right back to June. Any progress I made has just been taken away. People who have done this are cowards through and through. They are scum, evil.

"I can't think of any other reason why somebody would do this to his grave, apart from the murderers and their evil friends. All they can think about is carrying a weapon because they are not man enough, they can not fight with their fists, so they had to stab Ben because they are complete cowards."

Mrs Hitchcock said she was glad Ben's younger brothers Louis, 10, and Jake, 13, had not seen the grave in that state.

She said: "They are coping as badly as I am but they are trying to do well at school."

Police believe the incident happened between last Friday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 10.30am. They are also investigating graffiti at the Royal Oak pub in Oakfield Road, Penge, that appeared around the same time. Nobody has been formally charged with Mr Hitchcock's murder and 17 teenagers remain on bail in connection with it. Anyone with information should call Bromley police on 01689 891212 marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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