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Parents anguish as memorial to dead daughter is stolen from their Peacehaven home

The Argus: Lisa and Lewis Rickett, they have had a lily planted in memory of their stillborn daughter stolen from the front of their house Lisa and Lewis Rickett, they have had a lily planted in memory of their stillborn daughter stolen from the front of their house

A BEREAVED mum and dad are pleading for the return of a stolen lily, grown in memory of their stillborn daughter.

Lisa and Lewis Rickett planted a bulb in memory of Mia shortly after her death six years ago.They watched it grow into a beautiful white Arum lily nearly five feet high, that has been swiped from the front of their new Peacehaven home.

Mrs Rickett, 35, said: “I actually cried, I felt so upset, distressed that someone would do this.

“It’s just that it means so much to us and to somebody else it means nothing.

“Just bring it back. I don’t care if they do it at night so we do not see them. But just realise how much it means to us and how they would feel if someone comes and takes something so sentimental.”

The parents and their children, Mia’s twin Max and Bailey, 3, moved into the house in Telscombe Cliffs Way last Monday.

They stored the plant concealed in the front garden, planning to move it to the main garden behind the house.

However, thieves struck between 8.30pm and 10.30pm two days later, last Wednesday, July 9.

Mrs Rickett said she had found her disabled husband’s walking trolley discarded in the alleyway next door.

She believes the walking trolley must have been used to move the heavy plant and its distinctive grey two-foot-wide stone-effect rippled pot to the road.The bulb was given to the parents by Mr Rickett’s father to honour Mia, on the day of her funeral.

Mr Rickett, 36, who has a tattoo with the names of his children interwoven with a lily, said: “It’s just a silly plant, but it is not because it means so much to us.”

Police are investigating and want anyone with information to get in touch.PC Anna Batchelor said: “This is a particularly upsetting crime for the victims.

“Please keep a look out for the plant and the pot and contact us if you see them.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1206 of 11/07, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:26am Thu 17 Jul 14

asterixobelix says...

Come on thieves...do the decent thing, the only right action...return it.
Come on thieves...do the decent thing, the only right action...return it. asterixobelix
  • Score: 16

11:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

Cave Johnson says...

Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.
Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset. Cave Johnson
  • Score: -25

1:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Tom V says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.
It's normal to grow a plant or tree in memory of a loved one and really uplifting to see something continue to grow and thrive in their memory. I hope they get it back soon.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.[/p][/quote]It's normal to grow a plant or tree in memory of a loved one and really uplifting to see something continue to grow and thrive in their memory. I hope they get it back soon. Tom V
  • Score: 11

8:15pm Thu 17 Jul 14

LisaLewis says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.
Morbid???? Have you ever lost a child?? Obviously not! You insensitive ****!!
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.[/p][/quote]Morbid???? Have you ever lost a child?? Obviously not! You insensitive ****!! LisaLewis
  • Score: 11

8:42pm Thu 17 Jul 14

amireeves1 says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.
What a bloody insensitive comment to leave. You've obviously never had something so sentimental stolen from you! Maybe try putting yourself in the shoes of those grieving parents and think about how you would feel for this to be done to you! And about how you would feel to read such a careless comment from an insensitive idiot such as yourself!
I truly hope that the selfish person/people that have uprooted such a sentimental plant could find the smallest of decency and return it! Xx
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Is it just me or does anyone else find this story a bit morbid? It isn't a memorial, it's a plant. I expect everyone who gets something stolen feels upset.[/p][/quote]What a bloody insensitive comment to leave. You've obviously never had something so sentimental stolen from you! Maybe try putting yourself in the shoes of those grieving parents and think about how you would feel for this to be done to you! And about how you would feel to read such a careless comment from an insensitive idiot such as yourself! I truly hope that the selfish person/people that have uprooted such a sentimental plant could find the smallest of decency and return it! Xx amireeves1
  • Score: 12
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