A BAY and Basin grandmother is devastated after vandals attacked a memorial to her grandson at Sanctuary Point twice in the last month.
Nick Longbottom died in a motor vehicle crash on Larmer Avenue 19 months ago. Later, family members and friends erected a memorial to the 19-year-old on a tree on the western side of the road.
Grandmother Anne Dean, who maintains the memorial to her grandson, has described the attack as cruel.
“I just can’t understand it,” she said.
“Why would you deface and vandalise a memorial?
The family had established what they believed was a fitting memorial, which incorporated flowers, a photo and even a garden at the base of the tree.
Many of Mr Longbottom’s friends visited the site, leaving messages and trinkets.
The first attack was three weeks ago, coinciding with a car being burnt out in the area further north on Larmer Avenue towards Vincentia.
The memorial around the tree was also set on fire.
Ms Dean and some of Mr Longbottom’s close family and friends rebuilt the memorial.
Last week vandals struck again, tearing the memorial apart, throwing many items into the nearby bush as well as scattering the garden.
“I just can’t understand it,” Ms Dean said.
“Attacking a memorial has to be the lowest act anyone can ever do, especially as Nick is not here to defend himself.
“It is cruel, horrendous. I can’t believe anyone could be that callous.”
The attacks have been reported to police and Ms Dean urged the community to remain vigilant in the area and report any suspicious activity.
“It’s usually only me and a couple of Nick’s friends who are there maintaining it,” she said.
“The community knows us.
“People comment to us how lovely the memorial was and that we must have loved him very much.
“I don’t know why this is happening. As far as I know Nick didn’t have any enemies and if he did you would have thought these sorts of attacks would have started long before this.
“Someone is just getting their kicks out of it.
“Nick’s parents haven’t even been down there, it is too hard for them to cope. But to have it desecrated is just heartbreaking.”