Vandals strike another blow at cemetery

VANDALS have wrought havoc in Woodbridge's cemetery for the third time in seven months, it was revealed today.Council chiefs say the cemetery off Warren Hill Road is being used nightly by youths for drinking and anti-social behaviour.

VANDALS have wrought havoc in Woodbridge's cemetery for the third time in seven months, it was revealed today.

Council chiefs say the cemetery off Warren Hill Road is being used nightly by youths for drinking and anti-social behaviour.

The latest damage at the site, which is owned by Suffolk Coastal District Council, will cost council taxpayers around £700 to put right.

A memorial bench in memory of Margaret Ann Masters, who died in 1989, was smashed beyond repair, and a water tap and tank were also damaged.


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Rocks were thrown at the memorial wall breaking one plaque in half and chipping several others.

The broken plaque was in memory of Dorothy Minnie Marriott, who died on March 4, 1983, and the chipped plaques were in memory of Bertram Flatman, who died on August 11, 1983, Leslie Underwood, who died on August 8, 1985, and Norah Barnes, who died on June 12, 1993.

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Maggy Wilson, the council's cabinet member for community well-being, said: "These were appalling acts of vandalism and I hope the police get all the necessary support from the local community to catch those people who were responsible for these mindless actions.

"We are still experiencing problems at the cemetery with youths gathering in the evening to drink and cause damage and I would appeal to local residents that if they witness acts of anti-social behaviour in the cemetery to report them immediately to the police.

"Normally there is a charge for repairing or replacing damaged memorials, but the council will be undertaking the necessary work free of charge as we feel that friends and relatives have already suffered enough because of the thoughtlessness of a few people."

If anyone sees anything in the cemetery or anywhere else that needs urgent action, they should ring 999 and ask for the police.

The recent incidents occurred on June 23, 27 and 28 and anyone with information is asked to contact Woodbridge police on 01473 613500.

Earlier in the year six headstones were knocked over and smashed and three weeks later two headstones were daubed with green paint.

N What do you think of these acts of vandalism? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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