Vandals damage teenager’s memorial bench

Dot and Bill Benton with the photo of memorial bench to grandson Charles that was damaged by vandals
Dot and Bill Benton with the photo of memorial bench to grandson Charles that was damaged by vandals
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The grandparents of a Spilsby teenager who died in a road accident have spoken of their ‘hurt and anger’ after his memorial bench was vandalised.

The bench, on Boston Road, dedicated to 16-year-old Charles Benton, was ripped from its base and joints pulled apart two weeks ago.

Charles’ grandfather Bill discovered the badly-damaged bench when he drove past to collect wife Dot from a bingo night.

It is the second time the wooden bench, opposite the Nisa Local store, has been vandalised in the last few years.

A fundraising appeal was launched to pay for the bench in memory of Charles who died after being involved in a collison with a vehicle in 2000. He was a pedestrian at the time of the accident.

Dot said: “I was angry and hurt when I saw what had been done to the bench.

“What would the people who did this think if it was a relation of theirs, if it was their brother or sister?

“They have got no respect, it was heartless. It is all we have got left to remember Charlie. Everyone I have spoken to says it is disgusting and don’t know why people do things like that.”

Charles, who had learning difficulties, attended Saint Lawrence School in Horncastle and was due to start a course at Riseholme College in Lincoln.

Dot added: “He was a lovely lad and was always so helpful. He delivered newspapers and it always took a long time because he was doing things for people. He just was so friendly.”

Police are investigating the damage to the bench, which is being repaired by Charles’ brother Victor.

Mayor of Spilsby Coun Peter Grant said: “This was senseless vandalism done for the sake of it. We want to get the bench back as soon as possible.

“It is a very popular place for people to sit while waiting for the bus.”

Anyone with information about the damage to the bench should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 116 of October 22.