GRIEVING parents were left heartbroken after flowers laid in memory of their 10-year-old daughter were stolen.
Jamie Giblen and Becci Challoner, who lost little Chloe to cancer last week, created a floral display on their front gate in her memory.
But the couple were sickened when they discovered around six bouquets – most of which were placed by Chloe’s friends – and a pink bucket had been snatched during the night.
‘We just can’t believe someone would do something like this,’ Mr Giblen said.
‘It’s very clear that it’s a memorial for a little girl, there is a picture of Chloe in the middle of the flowers. I can’t understand how anyone could steal from it.
‘Some of the flowers are from children the same age as Chloe – they will be so upset to see that someone has taken them. Whoever did it must not have children because what they did is so incredibly disrespectful.’
Chloe died last Friday at her home in Rooksbury Croft, Leigh Park, weeks before she was due to fly to America for an operation to help her fight the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The trip was to be paid for by £10,000 raised by supporters, including readers of The News.
The money will now be donated by the family to charities that helped the youngster, as reported yesterday.
Mr Giblen added: ‘Everyone we know has been so supportive, especially the younger ones. That’s why it was so shocking when we found out that the flowers and one of Chloe’s buckets were gone.
‘We’re both devastated.’
Police are carrying out investigations and urging any witnesses to the theft, which happened between 8pm on Wednesday and 7.30am yesterday, to come forward.
Sgt Richard Thompson, from the Leigh Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: ‘This is a despicable incident in which two parents, devastated at the loss of their daughter, have suffered further distress at the hands of heartless thieves.
‘Our deepest sympathies are with the family and we are working to identify the person or people responsible.
‘I would urge anyone with information to contact me as soon as possible’
Anyone with information should contact Sgt Thompson on 101 or 0845 045 4545, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.