A WIDOW has hit out at hooligans who stole sentimental items from her husband’s grave just before her ﬁrst Christmas without him.
Thieves struck at Rose Hill Cemetery to take precious items, including photographs and festive gifts, from the headstone of Ray Eden.
Former national cycling champion Mr Eden, aged 42, was killed outside his detached home in Scawthorpe earlier this year by neighbour Luke Jolly, who was later jailed for manslaughter.
Gail, Mr Eden’s wife, and the couple’s 13-year-old son Finn, a rising star in the world of rowing, were already having to prepare for an emotional festive period without him.
Mrs Eden, 41, of Moat Croft, Scawthorpe, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted. The people who have done this are absolute scum. It would have been heartbreaking whenever it happened, but even more so at this time of the year.
“I want to highlight what they’ve done. Perhaps it might make these people think before they take things from graves.”
Mrs Eden, a nurse at Mexborough’s Montagu Hospital, said it was her mother Carol Morrison, aged 67, of Balby, who discovered the damage.
The thieves stole a small Christmas tree, which Mrs Eden and McAuley School pupil Finn put up to mark the ﬁrst Christmas since Mr Eden died, along with one of their favourite pictures of him on his bike.
Mrs Eden said: “My mum went up to take some ﬂowers and saw things scattered all over.
“She was very upset and in tears when she called me.
“It’s a disgrace what these people have done.
“I have spoken to Rose Hill and the staff are as upset as I am that it has happened.”
Mrs Eden and Finn spent Christmas Day at their home with family.