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Grave vandals at Melcombe Regis cemetery leave family devastated
VANDALS who desecrated graves have left a Weymouth family devastated.
Kerry Baker, 31 and her mother Sandra Holden, 51, discovered the damage when visiting the family grave of Kerry’s great grandmother at the Melcombe Regis cemetery in Weymouth.
The family go every year on the anniversary of her death to lay flowers and restore the headstone but were left heartbroken when they discovered it had been tipped over.
Kerry said: “We came to visit my great nana but when we arrived we saw her headstone had been thrown over and our flower pots strewn across the cemetery site.
“We had to lift it back up on the anniversary of my great nana passing, and want to say thank you to two men who were nearby and helped us.
“This is disgusting behaviour. Another headstone nearby was knocked over and my great nana’s headstone has now been left damaged and wobbly.”
Kerry said the headstone has been at the cemetery for more than 25 years, and up until now the site had been well maintained with minimal vandalism.
Sandra added: “We wanted to restore the engraving on the headstone and lay fresh flowers like we do every year, but this vandalism has prevented us from doing that.
“We’re not sure who is responsible but seeing this has broken mine and my daughter’s hearts.
“Nobody should have to visit their loved ones who have passed and be greeted with this.”
A Dorset Police spokesperson confirmed that the headstone had been knocked over and flower pots had been scattered over the cemetery.
The incident follows two reports of anti-social behaviour in Newstead Road, Weymouth reported to the police over the weekend.
On September 1, officers were called to reports of teenagers causing a nuisance and throwing stones at doors in the area, and again on the following day of teenagers knocking on doors and running away.
Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses to the damage of the headstone and anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number i05.251.
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