Stolen from child’s grave

Sewerby Road Cemetery'Chris Finney pictured at the grave side were the toy cars were stolen'PA1144-5a
Sewerby Road Cemetery'Chris Finney pictured at the grave side were the toy cars were stolen'PA1144-5a

THIEVES have devastated a young family by taking toy cars from the grave of a four-year-old boy.

Clayton Finney died in a horrific car crash near Rudston in 2002 which also claimed the life of his brother Christopher, aged one, and their mother Yvonne, 26.

They are all buried together in Bridlington cemetery off Sewerby Road.

Their father Chris Finney, 39 and daughter Blair, now aged 12 who survived the accident, together with Harry, 4, his son by his present wife Gemma, 24, made one of their regular visits to their grave on Sunday they were shattered to find a small collection of about a dozen Matchbox toy cars had been taken.

“Clayton was always car mad, everywhere he went he took a bag with him with his favourite toy cars. Every year on his birthday in March I buy a few more and put them on his grave.

“We always put flowers there for the others, but Clayton was a boy’s boy and loved his toy cars,” said Chris of Windsor Crescent.

He described how over the years one or two things had been taken, among them lids to flower vases and on one occasion a vase had been tossed in a rubbish bin.

“They were not that important, but taking the toys has upset all of us. We take great care of the grave.

“I just want them back, they are special to all of us. Just replacing them is meaningless. I don’t care if whoever took them just wants to put them back anonymously, but please bring back Clayton’s toys,” he said.

Yvonne Finney, 26, and her sons Clayton, four, and one-year-old Christopher died in December 2002 when their Ford Orion crashed head-on with a Toyota 4X4 on the B1253 between Boynton and Rudston.

The driver of the Toyota was later jailed for two years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.