A MUM has been left heartbroken after she found her baby son’s grave had been dug up by rampaging pigs.
Hayley Jermyn, 39, gave birth to baby Charlie at her Cornwall home in 2015, but he died 29 hours later of sepsis, as medics failed to spot warning symptoms.
Hayley said locals in Penryn town have been long aware of the group of woolly Mangalica pigs.
For months the swines have ruined people’s gardens, and even scaring children.
But she was mortified to find out on Facebook that her son’s grave at Glebe Cemetery was destroyed.
She said: “They have done a lot of damage to the grass next to Charlie’s grave, and there was mud all over his headstone base and ornaments and some were knocked over.
“They had also lifted some of the grass in front Charlies headstone and started disturbing the earth which was very distressing.
“There is lots of damage to the grass throughout the cemetery.
“The guy who owns the pigs has been asked for months to sort them out as they kept getting on to the road and could cause an accident, but we don’t feel he has done much until now.
“He is aware of the damage done but hasn’t approached any family regarding an apology or if he could make it right.
“I am awaiting the council getting back to me as well. We were obviously devastated but realise it could be a lot worse. At the end of the day pigs will be pigs and it’s up to the owner.
“Our son Harry, who is 10, was really upset about it, he helped tidy up Charlie’s grave and keeps asking if the pigs are gone now.”
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The owner has now finally sold them after their latest stampede damaged several graves – including one belonging to Charlie.
Witnesses said four of the pigs caused havoc.
Adam Philpott and Natalie Flynn said they called the police on Friday to report the troublesome swines.
They recalled a young tear-eyed woman asking them before leaving the cemetery, “is it normal for pigs to be in there?”
Adam added: “When they’re out on the road they’re going to cause an accident.”
Now that the owner has decided to sell up, residents hope they can finally enjoy peace of mind.
Adam added: “We’re made up. Friends of ours and a few others have got partners in that cemetery so they’re made up.”
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