Cross theft heartbreaking for mums

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Debbie Newsome and Melissa Crowe.
Camera IconDebbie Newsome and Melissa Crowe. Credit: Michael Traill

A Narrogin couple have been left angry and heartbroken after discovering a cross erected in memory of their daughter had been removed from its Wandering-Narrogin Road site.

Driving to Perth last Tuesday for a medical appointment, Debbie Newsome and Melissa Crowe were shocked to find that their daughter Bronwyn’s cross was not visible.

“We always stop on the way to blow a kiss, (this time) we noticed the cross was missing, pulled over to the side of the road, had a quick look and couldn’t see it,” Ms Newsome said.

On their return from Perth the pair stopped at the site, just north of the Dryandra woodland, and spent 45 minutes searching through the bushland for the cross.

It could not be found, leading the distressed mothers to believe it had been taken.

They say that someone went to the effort of filling in the more than half-a-metre hole which would have been left by the cross’ picket.

“The hole’s not there ... it (the picket) was solid in the ground,” Ms Crowe said.

“I used to lean on it when I leant down to give it a kiss, and it could hold my weight.”

The effort that would have been put into removing the cross from the ground and the fact the pair could not find it in the surrounding bushland has led Ms Newsome to believe that it was a malicious act, rather than reckless vandalism.

“Who would do something like that? Seriously ... I’m so angry,” she said.

Ms Newsome and Ms Crowe’s daughter Bronwyn was tragically killed at the site in a car accident eight years ago last Friday.

“What faith have we got left in society if we can’t even have a cross left alone,” Ms Crowe said.

“It is supposed to be a place we can go and connect with Bronny.”

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