A GRIEVING mother is preparing to ask for her baby's remains to be exhumed - less than three months after her child was laid to rest.

Georgina Shorrock, 23, wants the final resting place of her two-and-a-half-year old daughter to be moved to a new plot after toys were stolen from her grave - and a car was driven over it.

Little Chloe Rowley's ashes were buried in Darwen Cemetery following her death on March 26.

She had been born with a serious kidney disease which led to doctors removing both kidneys during operations at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.

The grave - selected by cemetery officials - is next to a road which runs through the graveyard.

Co-op Funeral Services mistakenly put a headstone ordered for the plot on an empty plot - and now Georgina wants Chloe's remains moving there.

Georgina, who has two other young children and lives in the Bold Venture area of Darwen, said: "The Co-op have offered to move the headstone but I have told them to leave it where it is. I am not happy with where Chloe is buried.

"I have gone up there and seen tyre tracks and footprints over the plot. Chloe's personal belongings have also been stolen from it."

Georgina plans to visit her solicitor tomorrow to see what she has to do to arrange for the ashes to be moved.

She added: "We did not choose the plot for Chloe and we now want her to be moved somewhere where she really can rest."

A spokesperson for Co-op Funeral Services in Blackburn said the company would not comment.

Exhumations for reasons other than seeking criminal evidence are rare. A spokesman for Blackburn with Darwen Council said: "We would need a formal request and consult the appropiate organisations before any decison could be taken."