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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 December, 2004, 08:50 GMT
Stillborn memorial is vandalised
Vandals have destroyed a memorial for stillborn babies in what has been described as a sickening attack.

The garden in Gaebridge Park, in Hemel Hempstead, is meant to offer a place of reflection for those who have been touched by stillbirth or miscarriage.

Vandals have pulled up paving, broken two wooden benches and dumped one in the River Gade, in Herts.

"Words can't fully express how sickened I am," said Julie Bayliss from the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.

"This mindless and thoughtless act has spoiled what is a very special place to so many people who have been touched by what the memorial garden represents."

The entire garden is designed to represent a womb and placenta connected by an umbilical cord.

Dozens of people came forward last spring to help construct the garden, which cost around 25,000.

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