Mum angry after memorial to her son who died at work in Chinley was moved

Kathryn Pallier, second right, with family and friends, Paul Ennion, Hilda Palmer, Dan Pallier-Singleton, Clyde Walker, Sophie Pallier-Singleton, Mark Sands and Sue Pallier.
Kathryn Pallier, second right, with family and friends, Paul Ennion, Hilda Palmer, Dan Pallier-Singleton, Clyde Walker, Sophie Pallier-Singleton, Mark Sands and Sue Pallier.

A family were left shocked and hurt when a memorial for their son’s death was removed without consent, just days after it was put up to mark the first anniversary.

Last week Ben Pallier-Singleton’s family met on a footpath behind Vinyl Compounds Ltd in Chinley to lay a memorial for the 19-year-old who died after been crushed by a stacker truck.

Mum Kathryn went down to the site to lay more flowers on Monday, February 15 to find it had been moved.

She said: “I was in shock, it had been shoved up by a shed on the Vinyl Compounds site.

“I was shaking with anger to think that they had touched Ben’s memorial.”

According to Derbyshire County Council the path is on land owned by High Peak Borough Council and is a public right of way for people, cyclists and horses.

A spokesman for Vinyl Compounds said: “I was not aware the memorial had been moved but it is the directors wishes to allow the family to lay flowers for a period of time and we respect the family’s need to grieve.”

Kathryn from Disley said: “The memorial had not even been there a week, I couldn’t believe it.”

The Health and Safety Executive are currently investigating what happened.

The company added: “We are keen to learn the HSE results of the reports and the reasons behind Ben’s death.”