THE parents of a Whitby youngster who was killed in a car crash have been left heartbroken after memorials were stolen from the spot where he died.
Thieves took two memorial plaques from the side of the A169 at Saltergate Bank, where 21-year-old Carl Roe, of Fountains Close, died in March.
The thefts occured between 25 and 27 July and Carl’s mum, Alison Roe, said: “The whole family is
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completely devastated by this horrible theft, coming so soon after the loss of Carl.
“We simply cannot understand how anyone could be this heartless.”
Carl - also known as Karl by friends and family - was a partner at Whitby Salvage, and was killed when the Peugeot 106 he was driving left the road near the old Saltersgate Inn.
One of the plaques is 2ft high, with a photograph of Carl and a poem attached. The second is oval and bears the inscription ‘Carl Roe, 19 2 1991 to 16 3 2012, Gone but not forgotten’.
PC Katie Shaw, of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The thieves who stole the plaques have committed a truly despicable crime.
“It is very obvious that they will have been placed there only recently in memory of a much-loved family member and their theft is an act of the most heartless callousness.
“If you know who stole the plaques I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”
The plaques were made and erected by Carl’s friends and his dad, Graham Lilley, said: “His mates have made a lot of effort and it was a place to go and pay your respects. We’re lost as to where it’s gone.”
Members of Carl’s family have said they are still struggling to come to terms with his death and Graham added: “I can’t even drive past there.
“We are going to York races next week and we are going the Scarborough way because I can’t even handle being up there.”
Permission had been obtained from the land owner to erect the memorials, but with work taking place last week to reinstate safety fencing at the crash site, there were fears that council workmen may have removed the plaques.
However, Richard Marr, area manager at North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department, said that he had spoken to the engineer involved with the work, and they had also been the victim of metal theft at the same site.
Mr Marr said the engineer had noticed the plaques were missing, along with signs that he had placed to inform people that maintenance work was going to take place.
“The contractor tells me he put some advance warning signs up there and they disappeared as well”, added Mr Marr. “It could be a situation that someone has nicked the signs for metal and took the plaques as well.”
“We employ human beings and I would be very surprised if one of our guys took it down.”
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact on 101, press option 2 and ask for Katie Shaw.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120129833.