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Mother asked to remove memorial

Lisa Johnson at Jak's roadside memorial
Lisa Johnson finds it easier to grieve at the scene of her son's death

A Lincolnshire woman who lost her teenage son in a road accident has been told she must remove a memorial at the spot where he was killed.

Jak Johnson, 16, died when his moped was involved in a crash on the A15 near RAF Waddington in November 2004.

His mother, Lisa Johnson from Bracebridge Heath near Lincoln, has until Friday to take the tributes down.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said it was sympathetic but most road users did not want roadside memorials.

Mrs Johnson has put up the 3ft (90cm) high metal cross, which is placed on a grass verge near the road.

She visits the memorial every week. Sometimes she brings flowers. Other times, friends and family come to show their support.

Jak Johnson
Jak Johnson was killed in November 2004

She said: "He was one of a kind and was thought a lot of by so many people. I find it really hard to visit Jak's grave.

"But for some reason, here seems to be a place where I find it easier."

Grev Burgess, from the Road Safety Partnership, said: "We thought long and hard, we consulted long and hard about this matter many years ago and it was decided that we wouldn't support the placing of roadside memorials.

"It's potentially dangerous for people visiting there, people have died there and we don't want people staying and stopping there."

Mrs Johnson has vowed to campaign for a change in policy, not just for her son, but for all those who have lost loved ones on Lincolnshire's roads.


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