THE mother of a teenage schoolgirl killed on a Birmingham street has been shocked to discover that floral tributes to her daughter at the scene of her death have been removed.
Nazan Fennell’s 13-year-old girl Hope died in November on Kings Heath High Street when she was trapped under the wheels of a lorry as she tried to cross the road on her bike.
Friends and family have spent the past five months placing floral tributes and cards at the scene of the crash – but on Saturday Ms Fennell discovered that the pavement memorial had disappeared.
“I can’t believe someone would take away a memorial,” she said. “The police told me they haven’t taken it, and it wasn’t causing any sort of safety problem.
“I don’t know who has done this, but it’s wrong.
“I feel disappointed and angry. Hope’s death was completely unnecessary. We are campaigning for safer roads, and for someone to do this makes me so angry.”
Undeterred, the grieving mum has chained a bike, similar to the one Hope used to ride, to the lamppost where the tribute once stood.
And she has started to rebuild the memorial with a photograph and flowers.
Ms Fennell said the site had become an important place at which Hope’s schoolfriends and family could gather to remember her.
“She died at the scene, so it’s somewhere that friends, cousins and other family members go. It’s an important place,” she said.
“The community was so touched that people built up the memorial. There were candles, flowers, and it really meant a lot to us.
“Every week there were fresh flowers there, even if I couldn’t face going myself.
"It is heartbreaking to think that it has gone now. Hope was just a few yards from home. She was always a careful girl and it was a tragedy.”
Local Labour MP Roger Godsiff, who has helped Ms Fennell in her bid to improve road safety at the scene, branded the removal of the memorial “insensitive”.
“This was an appalling accident which had a shattering effect on the victim’s family,” he said. “I have no idea who has removed this memorial but it is clearly very upsetting.
“Anyone who has knowingly done this is either hugely insensitive, or the sort of yob who would steal anything. Either way, it’s very unpleasant.”
Hope’s family has launched a campaign to improve road safety on Kings Heath high street, in a bid to make sure no-one else is killed on the busy route.
“We just want to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Ms Fennell said.