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Graves Vandalised In Scarborough

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 9:38am 5th February 2018. (Updated at 12:28pm 5th February 2018)

Police are investigating after grave stones were vandalised  at Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.

Officers from Scarborough attended the incident yesterday (Sunday 4 February.) A post on their Facebook page says that there has been 'significant damage to some of the grass and some grave stones.'

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They're asking any families affected by the vandalism to contact them on 101. 

Councillor Bill Chatt is the Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing at Scarborough Borough Council.

He said:

“I am sickened to report that what appears to be a despicable act of vandalism during the weekend has caused damage to a large grassed section at Woodlands Cemetery and some of the gravestones within that area.

It is obvious from the destruction left behind that the damage has been caused by a car and this has been backed up by an eye witness account.

The crucial evidence from that witness has been passed onto North Yorkshire Police, who have already begun their investigation.

Our Bereavement Services staff are in the process of contacting the owners of the graves that have been damaged to reassure them that the matter is being taken seriously and to discuss with them how they would like the graves to be repaired and cleaned.

This will understandably be an upsetting time for grave owners and their families and I extend my sympathy to all those that have been affected.

Anyone who has information that could help North Yorkshire Police with their investigation should report it via the non-emergency number 101.”


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