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Subject: [Q-R] Vandals smash gravestones at Dudley cemetery UK
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2012 17:08:52 -0400 (EDT)
Vandals smash gravestones at Dudley cemetery.
Vandalised graves and headstones at St Edmund, King and Martyr Church,
HEARTLESS vandals went on a “despicable” rampage at an ancient Black
Country cemetery causing £10,000 of damage to gravestones.
Police are appealing for information about the attack on headstones and
crosses at St Edmund, King and Martyr Church in Castle Street, Dudley.
A total of ten gravestones were pushed over and smashed between March 18
and March 25.
Pc Jonathon McAdam, of Dudley police, called on anyone who saw anything
suspicious to get in touch.
He said: “We are determined to catch the culprits who caused damage to
several headstones and other ornamental features.
This is a despicable act which strikes at the heart of the community.
“We are doing everything we can to find those responsible and would ask for
the support of local people in bringing those responsible to justice.”
The CofE church was built in 1724 but staff said no-one had been buried at
the cemetery for 150 years.
Treasurer John Harcourt said: “This is disrespectful to the families of the
people buried there, and these graves are part of the history of the town.”
He said church staff were now facing the problem of trying to track down
relatives of the people buried there.
Insurers say they will make a contribution towards repairs, but this would
not cover the full cost, he added.
Dudley Council ward councillor Ken Finch said: “This is something that we
ought to have got a grip on a long time ago. It’s happening throughout
“It’s happened in Gornal ward where there’s a lack of security. It’s
nothing other than disgusting.
‘‘The same is happening with our war memorials in the borough.
“The public hate it, and everyone has to be a bit more observant about
attacks like this.”
* Anyone with information is asked to call Dudley police on 101 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.