Mother speaks of her outrage after memorial flowers were stolen

A mother who every month leaves memorial flowers for her son has spoken of her outrage after they were stolen.

Paul Geddes, 37, lived in Daventry. He took his own life on August 18 last year just off the old railway footpath close to Shackleton Drive on the Ashby Fields estate.

His mother, Jane Hodgson, regularly visits and cares for the area close to a busy footpath with her friend Eve Dawes.

Mrs Hodgson said: “A friend who walks along the path every day with his dog told me on Thursday last week that the flowers were gone.”

“I go and place fresh flowers every two weeks because it is the place I feel closest to Paul. I had placed a Christmas wreath about a fortnight ago.

“I just cannot believe that anyone could stoop to this level and steal these flowers. It is absolutely disgraceful.”

Because Mr Geddes was a keen Coventry City supporter, his mother often left flowers for him in the club’s colours – but in late October these were also vandalised.

Mrs Hodgson said she initially thought the flowers might have been taken down by Daventry District Council workers, but added: “I called them they said they had not taken anything down.”

The theft has been reported to Northamptonshire Police, who say they will be stepping up patrols. In the meantime, Ms Hodgson said she is determined to carry on leaving flowers for her son.

She said: “They won’t bully us. If this happens again we will bring another lot of flowers, and another.

“We won’t be happy about it, but we will keep going because it is for Paul.”