Appeal after teenager’s headstone is damaged in Great Harwood

The gravestone of Daniel Sanderson, who was 16 years old when he passed away was damaged,
The gravestone of Daniel Sanderson, who was 16 years old when he passed away was damaged, Photo: Lancashire Police

POLICE** are appealing for information after a Blackburn teenager’s gravestone was damaged at Great Harwood Cemetery.

The gravestone of Daniel Sanderson, who was 16 years old when he passed away was damaged, it is thought at some point between the 5th and the 10th of November. The photograph of Daniel and the surrounding marble of the headstone have been damaged and officers are appealing for information.

"This is an absolutely despicable act of criminal damage and vandalism and I am very keen to trace the person or people responsible.

“This has understandably caused a huge amount of upset for Daniel’s family and so I would urge anyone who might be able to help to come forward.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

– Great Harwood Community Beat Manager, PC Andy Sarchet