Campaigners urge residents to name and shame vandals after fears Wisbech cemetery targeted again
PUBLISHED: 17:43 20 December 2010
CAMPAIGNERS have urged residents to name and shame vandals who they fear are continuing to target a Wisbech cemetery.
A petition containing more than 3,500 signatures was presented to Fenland District Council in July urging for help to stamp out vandalism at Mount Pleasant Cemetery after dozens of children’s graves were damaged.
Despite countless attempts to improve security at the cemetery a number of reports have surfaced this weekend suggesting vandals have returned.
Anna Chenery-Akred - whose son Callum’s grave was attacked this summer - has led the campaign which has been supported throughout by town and district councillor David Wheeler.
She said: “At first I thought it may have been the weather knocking things over but it seems vandals have been attacking the cemetery again and I’m angry, confused and upset.
“I just don’t understand why anyone would do it - it’s heartless and appalling. Losing a loved one hurts enough yet this only increases the pain.
“We need to work together as a community to name and shame the people who are doing this. I’m urging people to report anything they see.”
Police confirmed a nearby resident contacted them at around 10pm on Saturday suggesting that youths were targeting the cemetery but arrived to find no damage or vandals. Other graves are believed to have been attacked during the week.
Cllr Wheeler, whose 17-year-old daughter is buried at the cemetery, said: “A cemetery is a place where loved ones are laid to rest in peace and quiet and this hasn’t been allowed to happen properly.
“Despite all the work that has been done as a result of Anna’s petition the slimeballs still continue to crawl out to wreak this havoc.”
A police spokesman said: “We take all actions of criminal damage very seriously and urge anyone who sees anything, or anyone acting suspiciously, to report the incident to police immediately.”
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