Family’s upset as son’s memorial is destroyed by fire

ARSON ATTACK Victoria Park in Portsmouth where Marina Chase had a plaque for her late son Alexander
ARSON ATTACK Victoria Park in Portsmouth where Marina Chase had a plaque for her late son Alexander

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A MOTHER whose son’s memorial plaque was ruined after being set on fire has spoken of her distress.

Marina Chase, who lives in Gosport, said the item had been put in Victoria Park in Portsmouth to remember her son Alexander Gordon, who died last year.

‘We’re in Gosport but I wanted to have a central point for all his friends to go to. We go down there every three or four weeks.

‘One of his friends sent me a text message to say he had just been down

‘He said the plaque had been destroyed. I felt absolutely awful when I heard.

‘I can’t think of any reason for someone doing that. I’ve spoken to a few of his friends and no-one can understand it.

‘He did not have any enemies. I don’t know if it is a random attack but I would hate to think he had any enemies. I believe there has been a spate of mindless vandalism.’

Alexander died unexpectedly at the age of 25 six days after his birthday on August 25.

The family decided to put a plaque up and planted a tree to remember him. The plaque cost around £100 – and they have taken it down since the suspected arson attack.

‘I met the police because they wanted to take pictures of the plaque. I could not have left it there that damaged.’

Police are now looking for answers about the fire. It is believed to have been damaged in the past month.

PC James Scott said: ‘This is a particularly callous crime as the memorial had been laid in memory of the son of the lady reporting the damage. This has been an extremely distressing time for the family who visit the memorial regularly to pay their respects.’

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can identify the person responsible should contact PC Scott at Southsea police station on 101.