A mother has expressed her disappointment after her young son’s memorial bench in Bude was vandalised.

James Keane from Bude tragically took his own life in 2019 at 20 years old. His mother, Lisa Wilkinson described him as a “lovely young man, absolutely beautiful and the most caring person”.

Following his death over three years ago, James’ friends, his two sisters and mother created a memorial to celebrate his life and for people to visit. However recently it has been reported that the memorial was vandalised.

Lisa said that the wreath, which was a part of the memorial, was destroyed along with other parts of the memorial. Videos of the vandalism had reportedly been passed around on social media.

Lisa explained: “I am really hurt and upset especially after going through Christmas which is an awful time. 
“I adore my son and love my son, he was living with me and his bedroom is still the same as what it was after he died three and a half years ago, I cant change it. All his clothes are still in the wardrobe, his aftershave is on the side. People need to realise what damage they have done to me mentally because it is absolutely awful and disgraceful that somebody could do that to a memorial for a child who took his life. There is no excuse.”

Since the news of the memorial being destroyed has got around, several members of the local community have laid flowers in its place.

A Devon & Cornwall Police spokesperson confirmed: “Local officers are investigating a report of vandalism to a memorial located near Bude Football Club that could have taken place between 14 and 22 January.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 or [email protected] quoting case reference 50230017430.”