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Cemetery removes Baby P tributes

Baby P
Baby P died after suffering more than 50 injuries

Hundreds of tributes left in memory of a baby who died at the hands of his mother, her partner and their lodger, will be removed from a cemetery.

The infant, known as Baby P, suffered more than 50 injuries before he died in Haringey, north London, in August 2007.

Islington Council said the tributes, including toys, cards and balloons, were being destroyed by snow and rain.

The death of the 17-month-old led to the sacking of Haringey's head of children's services.

Islington councillor Greg Foxsmith said: "It has been very moving to see how many people have visited the cemetery, many leaving mementoes.

"Out of respect, every tribute that was placed there has been left untouched by cemetery staff.

"Having consulted Baby P's dad and the relatives of other people whose ashes are scattered here, the area will now be returned to being a place of remembrance for all."

The flowers and plants will be composted while the cards, messages and toys will be catalogued and preserved, but the toys have been damaged and have to be thrown away, Mr Foxsmith said.

"Of course it will still be possible to leave mementoes but we hope that instead of leaving toys, people will consider making a contribution to one of the many charities that help children," he added.

Baby P's mother, her boyfriend and the lodger at the Haringey house, were convicted of causing the death of the boy.



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