By Connie Osborne Wednesday 14 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 09:44
A MEMORIAL to a ten-year-old boy who tragically died after being hit by a bus has been vandalised just two weeks after being put in place.
The wooden tribute in memory of Ellis Smith was placed on Church Hill Way where he lost his life in July 2008 after he was in a collision with a bus while riding his bicycle.
The family, who had placed it there only two weeks ago to mark the anniversary of his death, had also spelt his name out in flowers.
But the memorial was attacked between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Monday (August 12) when the plinth was removed and broken, and the flowers were found strewn about nearby. Some youths were seen close by shortly before the damage was discovered.
PC Jon Watts said: "Ellis’s mother and family are very upset and apparently this is not the first time it has happened. She cannot understand why anyone would want to attack a plaque dedicated to the memory of her son who passed away in such tragic circumstances.
"It really is an unpleasant, awful offence and there is absolutely no need for it.
"Criminal damage of this nature will not be tolerated and we are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen it happening or knows who did it. We are determined to bring those responsible to justice and any information will be gratefully received."
Witnesses or anyone who has any information should contact Redditch Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the incident reference 337-S-130813. Details can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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