Family's anger as tributes to Portskewett crash biker taken for third time
12:30pm Friday 4th January 2013 in News
THE family of a Portskewett biker who died in a crash said they are disgusted after floral tributes left to mark the anniversary of his death have been taken for the third year in a row Liam Gasson, 20, of Hill Barn View, was killed on December 18, 2008, when his Huoniao Shadow 125 bike crashed on the A48 at Langstone.
He was buried on what would have been his 21st birthday, January 9, 2009.
An inquest in May 2009 found the former Caldicot Comprehensive School pupil died from multiple injuries.
Each year, on the anniversary of his death, family and friends gather at the spot where Mr Gasson died to lay flowers in his memory.
Mr Gasson’s father, Perry Gasson, said the family are devastated after the floral tributes laid on December 18 vanished yet again.
He said: “My son drove past on December 21 and they were gone. I haven’t been down to look yet but normally they are smashed up and dumped in a nearby stream.”
Mr Gasson said he had not reported the incident to police, as he was previously told they were unable to do anything.
He added: “The first year of his death we laid flowers and there was no problem, but for the past three years they’ve been vandalised.
The whole family are very upset about it. I spent £100 on flowers which spelt out his name and there were other bouquets from friends and family too. They’ve all just disappeared.
“One of the neighbours near the crash site asked us to stop laying the flowers last year, he asked us why we didn’t just put the flowers on his grave. But Liam was cremated, there is no grave.
“Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t like to remember, but I just can’t see the harm in it. I haven’t got a clue who is doing it, to be honest, but they’d better hope the police catch them before I do.”