Grieving mum devastated after bungling council workers drive over boy’s grave

A mum has been left devastated after her nine-year-old son's special Bart Simpson grave was damaged when blundering council workers drove over it.

Victoria Watkins had the Bart Simpson headstone made after son Corey died in a skateboard accident.

Little Corey loved the Simpsons and his mum has made frequent visits to his grave since his death in 2007.

But she claims the grave was damaged when council workers drove over it – leaving tyre tracks across the plot.

The 39-year-old said: "He was a massive fan of the show.

"He would come home and watch The Simpsons. He was wicked. He would give anything a go, but he had a very caring mind.

"He loved all his bugs and creatures. I would always find worms in his pockets."

Corey died in 2007 when he was hit by a car while playing on his skateboard, and was buried at the cemetery in Treorchy, Rhondda, South Wales.

But mum Victoria was devastated when the accident left the tyre marks on the Bart grave.

Victoria said: "When I saw the tyre marks I just thought it was disrespectful and rude."

A flower cone was also knocked off and she is also baffled by black marks on the Bart statue.

She said: "For years this stone has been there – for 10 years – and I've never seen it before. It's never looked like that before."

Victoria says she has been trying to clean the marks off the Bart Simpson tribute at the cemetery but cannot remove them.

"I have spent hours and hours up the cemetery and it's still not perfect.

A Rhondda Cynon Taf Council spokesman apologised to Victoria and blamed a machine slipping over the grave.

They say any damage has now been rectified.

He said: "We are aware of an incident at Treorchy Cemetery, during which a mechanical machine accidentally slipped off its tracking device.

“No damage was caused to any memorial stones and any damage caused to grass in the area was immediately repaired.

“We would like to apologise for any distress caused.”

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