Vandals target cemetery for second time

EFFORTS were being made today to trace the families of loved ones whose headstones have been damaged by vandals in yet another attack on a cemetery.Workers at Woodbridge Cemetery found two headstones covered with green paint – the second time in less than a month that the graveyard has been the target of hooligans.

EFFORTS were being made today to trace the families of loved ones whose headstones have been damaged by vandals in yet another attack on a cemetery.

Workers at Woodbridge Cemetery found two headstones covered with green paint – the second time in less than a month that the graveyard has been the target of hooligans.

In a separate incident, two pieces of play equipment were left badly burnt at a children's playground at Grange Farm at Kesgrave.

Suffolk Coastal council has called in a specialist company to remove the headstones and clean them up.

Maggy Wilson, cabinet member for community well-being said: "This is the second incident at the cemetery in the last few weeks, and I would appeal to anyone to contact the police if they have any information that can help track down the heartless idiots responsible for this damage.

"We are attempting to track down the relatives to break the bad news to them and to explain that the council will pay the estimated £200 cost of putting right this mindless act of vandalism.

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"It will probably cost a similar sum to restore the two wooden trains that were popular items of play for youngsters in Grange Farm.

"These actions are causing heartbreak to others at a cost to council tax payers, money that could be much better spent providing services rather than tackling vandalism."

The two headstones affected were those of Albert James Hayward, who died in 1984, and his wife Katharina who died last year, and Henry George Eade, who died in 1983, and his wife Dorothy.

The paint appears to have been poured out of a can, and had not fully dried when the damage was discovered. It is thought the vandalism probably occurred on either Sunday or Monday.

Last month vandals kicked over six headstones in the town's old cemetery – the Victorian section – including one of a three year old girl. Repairs cost £400 though two of the stones were beyond repair.

The two timber toy trains were set alight at Grange Meadow and Oak Meadow at Kesgrave.

Suffolk Coastal Services is liasing with Kesgrave Town Council to find out if the items should be repaired or completely replaced.

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