The fiancée of a lifelong Arsenal fan killed in a motorbike accident in Northampton last week has pleaded with those stealing floral tributes to him to think about the effect on his loved ones.
Simon Lawrence was on his way to work as a delivery driver on Thursday last week when he was involved in a collision with a black BMW, which was completing a three-point turn on Wellingborough Road.
The 35-year-old, described as the “life of any party,” had only just become a dad for the first time and was due to get married next year.
His passing has left a huge hole in the life of those that knew home.
But fiancée Alison Smith, 31, of Malcolm Road, says family and friends are struggling to even lay floral tributes a the scene of his death near Lime Avenue.
Heartless people are taking the flowers laid on a daily basis, and have even taken a bouquet left on behalf of his newborn daughter Ruby.
Miss Smith says it has to stop: “I can’t even describe how it feels, there are big signs up there saying there was an accident here.
“It’s heartbreaking to see that yesterday his closest friends and family, his daughter, had left tributes, but people are taking them like it means nothing. What are they planning to do with the flowers, put them on their mantelpiece?”
Alison and Simon met three years ago and had lived together for the past 18 months.
Tragically the couple, who were due to marry next year, had just come through a difficult time with the birth of their baby girl Ruby, who was born just 34 weeks into the pregnancy.
Ruby had to spend 11 weeks in hospital following her birth.
“I had never met a guy like him,” Alison said. “He was the life and soul of a party, he was just a wonderful guy and a great dad.
“I have two other children, and he was amazing with them too.
“We have done so much together over the past three years, I can’t imagine the rest of my life without him.”
Simon and his best friend Jay grew up in Luton together, but both moved to Northampton in recent years.
Jay, who was due to be best man at the wedding, said: “The thing I miss the most about Simon are the jokes we used to have about football. I support Man United an he supports Arsenal - the banter we used to have was just brilliant.
“He was such a bubbly, fun character.”
But Jay has also said how appalled he is that passers by have taken the flowers left to commemorate his best pal. Some bouquets left yesterday were stolen within an hour of them being put down.
“They are just low-lifes,” he said.
“It’s so important for us because it was a tragic accident. We know it’s not going to bring him back.
“But putting down flowers is a way for us to remember Simon, it’s all we have.”
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the accident on Wellingborough Road at 5.20pm on Thursday, December 17, or anyone who may have any information regarding it.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.