'Vile' vandals damage headstones at Melcombe Regis Cemetery

Graves in Newstead Road cemetery

Sandra Holden and Kerry Baker

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Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

VANDALS who desecrated a Weymouth cemetery have been branded as ‘vile’ and ‘sick’.

Police are appealing for witnesses after around ten headstones were damaged at the Melcombe Regis Cemetery in Newstead Road.

It was the second time the graveyard has been targeted by yobs in a matter of months.

Police said on this occasion the offenders damaged a number of gravestones, with one in particular having the head knocked off a statue and a vase smashed.

In October last year Kerry Baker and her mother Sandra Holden were left devastated when vandals damaged the grave of Kerry’s great grandparents Kathleen and George Read that they regularly visit at the cemetery.

The headstone of the grave had been knocked over and flower pots strewn across the cemetery.

Kerry said she knew just how bad it felt for anyone who had a grave of a loved one damaged by vandals and condemned the perpetrators.

She said: “There is no consideration from these people who are damaging people’s headstones.

“I think it’s sad and upsetting that when a family goes to see them or lay flowers down for their family and pay their respects that this is what they come across – it’s vile.”

She added: “There is no respect from these vandals.”

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Ray Banham also slammed the vandals.

He said: “I think these people must be sick, I really do.

“It’s terrible that they can go into a graveyard and destroy something of that nature.

“For people who are bereaved and attending these graves to arrive and find their loved one’s grave has been damaged in such a way must be quite devastating for them and I really do feel for them.”

Councillor Banham said he was aware that police did patrol in the area and he hoped something could be done to make sure the offenders are brought to justice.

He said: “This is the second time this has happened and I sincerely hope we catch somebody or somebody has seen something so we can get hold of these sick people because we cannot have crimes of this nature happening in the borough.”

Dorset Police is appealing for witnesses to the latest spate of vandalism, which occurred between 2pm on January 15 and 2.40pm on January 20, to contact them on 101.

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8:33am Mon 27 Jan 14

railwaychickenboy6 says...

Vile
Vile railwaychickenboy6
  • Score: 21

8:53am Mon 27 Jan 14

smilealoft44 says...

The people who did this must be found. One of the most distressing things that could happen to you if thats a member of your familys headstone.
They must be found and delt with.
The people who did this must be found. One of the most distressing things that could happen to you if thats a member of your familys headstone. They must be found and delt with. smilealoft44
  • Score: 28

10:13am Mon 27 Jan 14

paddyash says...

rotten little sods, how could they be so cruel, im furious !!
rotten little sods, how could they be so cruel, im furious !! paddyash
  • Score: 19

10:47am Mon 27 Jan 14

killerkelly1980 says...

Pure evil. I hope they are found out, and dealt with painfully, not just a slap on the wrist and a ridiculous little fine.
Pure evil. I hope they are found out, and dealt with painfully, not just a slap on the wrist and a ridiculous little fine. killerkelly1980
  • Score: 21

10:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

Dorset Boy says...

Bring back public stocks and birching
Bring back public stocks and birching Dorset Boy
  • Score: 21

11:47am Mon 27 Jan 14

Dorset stuff says...

I just do not understand the mentality of this. Lets assume it's a gang of kids doing it, who are thier parents as clearly they do not have a moral compass. Another generation of wan@@rs being raised.
I just do not understand the mentality of this. Lets assume it's a gang of kids doing it, who are thier parents as clearly they do not have a moral compass. Another generation of wan@@rs being raised. Dorset stuff
  • Score: 15

12:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

hoopeybird says...

absolutely disgusting vile people!!
Unfortunately they wont be caught because there is no cctv there,and unless someone can identify them how they can prove it any way?
I just wonder if there could be some sort of scheme where people with loved ones there(myself included)could pay into a fund or something for cctv.Would this deter the scum?
I think there will always be gangs of these evil people doing these things-but cctv could deter them? Maybe the council could pay for cctv-it must save money in the long run.Not sure what the answer is here really.
absolutely disgusting vile people!! Unfortunately they wont be caught because there is no cctv there,and unless someone can identify them how they can prove it any way? I just wonder if there could be some sort of scheme where people with loved ones there(myself included)could pay into a fund or something for cctv.Would this deter the scum? I think there will always be gangs of these evil people doing these things-but cctv could deter them? Maybe the council could pay for cctv-it must save money in the long run.Not sure what the answer is here really. hoopeybird
  • Score: 10

2:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Richarding says...

Dorset stuff wrote:
I just do not understand the mentality of this. Lets assume it's a gang of kids doing it, who are thier parents as clearly they do not have a moral compass. Another generation of wan@@rs being raised.
I agree entirely with you Dorset stuff,
Who are these parents do these kids do just want they want? have these parents given them no moral upbringing what so ever, are the parents frightened of them? or just not interested?
It just makes you sick to think of these scum doing this and not getting caught.
Maybe cctv would work, I don't know?
[quote][p][bold]Dorset stuff[/bold] wrote: I just do not understand the mentality of this. Lets assume it's a gang of kids doing it, who are thier parents as clearly they do not have a moral compass. Another generation of wan@@rs being raised.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely with you Dorset stuff, Who are these parents do these kids do just want they want? have these parents given them no moral upbringing what so ever, are the parents frightened of them? or just not interested? It just makes you sick to think of these scum doing this and not getting caught. Maybe cctv would work, I don't know? Richarding
  • Score: 6

3:27pm Mon 27 Jan 14

The Yardy says...

What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased.

Bring back corporal punishment.

The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked.

Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!
What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased. Bring back corporal punishment. The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked. Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! The Yardy
  • Score: 11

3:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

The Yardy says...

The Yardy wrote:
What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased.

Bring back corporal punishment.

The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked.

Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!
**** footing, Seems the Echo does not like the word beginning with P that many people call a cat.
[quote][p][bold]The Yardy[/bold] wrote: What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased. Bring back corporal punishment. The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked. Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]**** footing, Seems the Echo does not like the word beginning with P that many people call a cat. The Yardy
  • Score: 3

4:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Biddie says...

Absolute disgrace
If they are discovered the cretins should be named, shamed and their parents likewise.
Of course, even if they are caught, I don't suppose they will be named with the usual excuse of "legal reasons" being spewed out.
Absolute disgrace If they are discovered the cretins should be named, shamed and their parents likewise. Of course, even if they are caught, I don't suppose they will be named with the usual excuse of "legal reasons" being spewed out. Biddie
  • Score: 4

4:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MaidofDorset says...

What sort of person does this to the resting place of someone's grandparent, mother, brother, child?
What sort of person does this to the resting place of someone's grandparent, mother, brother, child? MaidofDorset
  • Score: 4

5:06pm Mon 27 Jan 14

notweymouth says...

Shocking. Unfortunately, our society thinks that it is more important to use CCTV to stop people parking for too long at B&Q than to safeguard our valued places.
Shocking. Unfortunately, our society thinks that it is more important to use CCTV to stop people parking for too long at B&Q than to safeguard our valued places. notweymouth
  • Score: 5

7:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

qwertypoop says...

The Yardy wrote:
What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased.

Bring back corporal punishment.

The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked.

Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!
totally agree for the need to get tough with this , the pond scum that committed this need to be severely beaten with a very big stick....

comes to something when the dead cant even be allowed to rest in peace...
[quote][p][bold]The Yardy[/bold] wrote: What has society come to when we need to think about CCTV to guard our deceased. Bring back corporal punishment. The people to blame are the do-gooders who have for to many years prevented parents, teachers, police and courts from being able to punish the untouchables (kids) for any misdeeds, **** footing and slaps on the wrist have not worked. Think I'm wrong, then what is your solution!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]totally agree for the need to get tough with this , the pond scum that committed this need to be severely beaten with a very big stick.... comes to something when the dead cant even be allowed to rest in peace... qwertypoop
  • Score: 6

11:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

peskykat says...

I feel the time has come that if the underage yobs can't be named
and shamed then name and shame the parents in the local paper
and get them to pay the costs of repairing the mess these yobs leave behind
them, if they are adults then put their pictures in the local paper so we can
tell them what we think of them if we see them out and about. If they use being drunk as an excuse then sorry i don't think that is an excuse as any
adult should know what they are capable of drinking.
I feel the time has come that if the underage yobs can't be named and shamed then name and shame the parents in the local paper and get them to pay the costs of repairing the mess these yobs leave behind them, if they are adults then put their pictures in the local paper so we can tell them what we think of them if we see them out and about. If they use being drunk as an excuse then sorry i don't think that is an excuse as any adult should know what they are capable of drinking. peskykat
  • Score: 4

3:35am Tue 28 Jan 14

Under35andout says...

sort people grow up and kill people
sort people grow up and kill people Under35andout
  • Score: 3

9:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

voiceof says...

I don't think the Police need to look far for the perpetrators, seeing as there is a facility for troubled and vulnerable youths directly opposite?
I don't think the Police need to look far for the perpetrators, seeing as there is a facility for troubled and vulnerable youths directly opposite? voiceof
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Ryan Ingram says...

Hi the people who are vandalising them are from Budmouth College weymouth she is in year 8 her name is georgia turner and her freind is in year 10 her name is Paige Newman hope i helped
Hi the people who are vandalising them are from Budmouth College weymouth she is in year 8 her name is georgia turner and her freind is in year 10 her name is Paige Newman hope i helped Ryan Ingram
  • Score: 4

1:44pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Ryan Ingram says...

Hi, i know the people who vandilised the graveyard. she goes to Budmouth Collage she is in year8 her name is Georgia Turner and Paige Newman and there friend Millie but i don't know her last name. Paige is in year 10 and the other two are in year 8. also if you need anymore information please contact Budmouth Collage.

Sorry if they have vandilised any of your family members ect.

Many Thanks
Hi, i know the people who vandilised the graveyard. she goes to Budmouth Collage she is in year8 her name is Georgia Turner and Paige Newman and there friend Millie but i don't know her last name. Paige is in year 10 and the other two are in year 8. also if you need anymore information please contact Budmouth Collage. Sorry if they have vandilised any of your family members ect. Many Thanks Ryan Ingram
  • Score: 3

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