Graves attacked by vandals

VANDALS have struck again in Woodbridge – this time attacking headstones in the town's old cemetery including one of a three year old girl.It was the third consecutive weekend that damage had been caused in the town.

VANDALS have struck again in Woodbridge - this time attacking headstones in the town's old cemetery including one of a three year old girl.

It was the third consecutive weekend that damage had been caused in the town.

Cemetery workers discovered the latest vandalism - six headstones either knocked over or badly damaged - as they turned up for work.

Maggy Wilson, cabinet member for community well-being, said: "This is a truly appalling act, and will clearly be a terrible shock for any surviving relatives.


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"What can you say about the mentality of someone who would kick over the headstone of a three year old girl?

"Some of the headstones can be re-erected by stonemasons, and as a gesture of goodwill we have agreed to pay the £400 bill, but two or three of them are beyond repair.

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"As these graves are in the Victorian part of the cemetery we have no records of modern day relatives, and my heart sinks to think how they will feel when any of them next visit.

"We have reported the incident to the police, and I would strongly urge anyone who has any information about people acting suspiciously in the cemetery over the weekend to contact the Woodbridge station."

Over the previous two weekends, more than 15 newly-planted saplings were snapped in half at the roundabout between Wyevale Garden Centre and Seckford Hall on the A12.

It will cost Suffolk Coastal another £420 to replace the trees.

The trees were originally planted with a £600 grant from Suffolk County Council to enhance the visual look of this important gateway to the tourist attractions of the district.

The council said it understood there was nothing to connect the three incidents, but it was clearly a worrying trend. It appealed for residents to report anything suspicious to the police to help stamp out the surge in damage.

The details of the six graves as far as they could be deciphered from the headstones are Mollie Jean Dale 3 July 1939, Leslie Haydn Reeve 18 Feb 1919, Joanne Smyth 1886, William Miles 30 April 1899, Alfred John Hubbard 30 March 1903, and an unreadable one dated 31 August 1924.

Any friends or family of the above who would like more information can contact Suffolk Coastal Services on 01394 444000.

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