Widow’s anger as grave of Ray Eden ransacked

Gail Eden, of Scawthorpe, kneels next to her late husband Ray Eden's grave, which has had a christmas tree stolen from it. Picture: Andrew Roe
Gail Eden, of Scawthorpe, kneels next to her late husband Ray Eden's grave, which has had a christmas tree stolen from it. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A HEARTBROKEN widow has slammed “scum” who stole sentimental items from her husband’s grave just days before her first Christmas without him.

Callous thieves raided Doncaster’s biggest cemetery to take precious items, including photographs and festive gifts, from the headstone of Ray Eden.

Ray Eden

Ray Eden

Former national cycling champion Mr Eden, 42, was killed outside his detached home in a quiet Scawthorpe cul-de-sac by his neighbour earlier this year.

His wife Gail and the couple’s 13-year-old son Finn were already having to prepare for an emotional festive period without their much-loved husband and dad.

Now they have been left devastated by the theft at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cantley.

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, who works as a nurse at Mexborough Montagu Hospital, said it was her mother Carol Morrison, 67, of Balby, who discovered the shocking crime on December 23.

The thieves stole a small Christmas tree, which Mrs Eden and McAuley School pupil Finn put up to mark the Christmas since Mr Eden died, along with one of their favourite pictures of the cycling champion on his bike.

Mrs Eden added: “My mum went up to take same 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 will spent Christmas Day at their home surrounded by family including her parents and sister.

Mr Eden was attacked outside his home of 15 years at around 7.30am on March 18 as he tried to stop a row between Luke Jolly and his girlfriend.

He died three days later in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Jolly, then 24, who lived in a rented property in Moat Croft, was jailed for four years and nine months in August, after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.