Items again taken from Jamie Fortune memorial in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: Jamie Fortune, who died a year ago. Jamie Fortune, who died a year ago.

A GRIEVING family struggling to come to terms with a teenager’s death say the first anniversary was made worse by the heartless actions of a mystery thief.

Friends and relatives of motorcyclist Jamie Fortune, 18, have seen items removed from a memorial set up around a tree beside Kingston Road, Taunton, where he died in a collision with a car on July 1 last year.

The County Gazette reported last week how a crash helmet, candles, a Pingu doll, cogs from Jamie’s bike, a scarf, photos and flowers had been removed from the site.

Since then candles and pictures have been taken and Jamie’s furious father, John Fortune, has called on anyone with information to “name and shame” the culprit.

Speaking today (Tuesday, July 1, 2014), the anniversary of Jamie’s death, Mr Fortune said: “I’m gutted, really upset that anyone should do this.

“We’re absolutely mortified and I hope someone can name and shame whoever’s done this.

“So many people have shown respect, but just one person ruins things.

“We’re having a quiet family day. A lot of people are placing flowers at Jamie’s grave and the memorial site.

“It’s a year on and it’s still very hard. It doesn’t get any easier. We’re just reliving everything.”

A copy of last week’s Gazette report has been pinned to the memorial tree.

“Hopefully that will prick the conscience of the person who’s taken everything,” added Mr Fortune.

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11:12am Tue 1 Jul 14

T_12345 says...

Sickening. Put a camera up nearby and publish whoever it is face online and name and shame the scumbag(s) such low behavior. Whoever it is will get what they deserve, what comes around goes around.
Sickening. Put a camera up nearby and publish whoever it is face online and name and shame the scumbag(s) such low behavior. Whoever it is will get what they deserve, what comes around goes around. T_12345
  • Score: 16

5:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Useacarpark.com says...

It is probably a neighbour nearby, whilst it must be a very difficult time for the friends and family, would it not be best to place these items at his place of rest to save this upset? No one is going to admit to this, that is for certain, and highlighting negative stories like this isn't going to help the family
It is probably a neighbour nearby, whilst it must be a very difficult time for the friends and family, would it not be best to place these items at his place of rest to save this upset? No one is going to admit to this, that is for certain, and highlighting negative stories like this isn't going to help the family Useacarpark.com
  • Score: 10

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