Anger as thieves strike at grave of tragic Leeds United fan

Callum Wark
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Thieves have stolen football shirt tributes left at the graveside of a Leeds United fan killed in a road smash.

One of the Leeds shirts was taken a few weeks after 19-year-old Callum Wark was laid to rest at Rothwell Cemetery.

A replacement United shirt was then left at Callum’s grave by an anonymous well-wisher but now it too has been stolen.

The former Brigshaw High School pupil’s family today issued an appeal for the return of the shirts - and condemned those responsible for the thefts.

Callum’s mum Joanne, from Swillington, said: “We are a heartbroken family still trying to come to terms with losing him.

“The thieves obviously have no respect for themselves but we are asking that they show some respect to a young man who tragically lost his life and should still be proudly wearing his own Leeds shirt.”

The first of the two shirts was left at Callum’s grave by one of his workmates during his funeral.

Word of its subsequent theft spread via social media, with the family being inundated with messages from people offering to replace it.

“We respectfully declined because we wanted the thief to put the shirt back,” said Joanne.

“But then a fan who didn’t know Callum replaced it. It was such a touching gesture – now it has been taken as well.”

Callum died on March 1 when his car was hit by a lorry that had swerved onto the wrong side of the A1246 near Fairburn.

The lorry driver, a 56-year-old Bulgarian called Stoyan Andonov Stoyanov, was nearly three times the drink drive limit.

He was jailed for seven years and eight months at York Crown Court on March 20.

Joanne and her husband, Callum’s dad Robert, say the sentence has left them with no justice.

They have held a meeting with their local MP, Alec Shelbrooke, to raise the issue of tougher penalties for people who cause road deaths.

For more details about their campaign for a change in the law, enter ‘justice for Callum’ into Facebook’s search engine.

Callum’s colleagues at haulage and logistics firm Wincanton’s Sherburn in Elmet site are planning a day in his memory to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


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