Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Sudbury: Anger as vandals target town’s cemetery

11:48 20 June 2014

Vandals have pulled up flowers and damaged graves at Sudbury Cemetery. Pictured is town warden Bradley Smith.

Vandals have pulled up flowers and damaged graves at Sudbury Cemetery. Pictured is town warden Bradley Smith.

Vandals who devastated a west Suffolk cemetery have been branded “a disgrace” and “sad”.

shares

Small family tokens, plant pots and flowers were broken and flung around Sudbury Cemetery in Newton Road, prompting a furious reaction from visitors and staff on the town council.

Richard Webb discovered the damage yesterday morning and said he “couldn’t believe what the kids had done up there”.

“They’ve chucked the flowers everywhere and pulled the pots up and thrown them everywhere. It’s a disgrace really,” added Mr Webb.

“They’ve got nothing else to do, these kids. It’s such a shame - people are going to go up there and find their statues and pots have been all thrown about.”

Bradley Smith and his fellow community wardens spent yesterday afternoon clearing up the damage, which is believed to have happened overnight on Wednesday.

Mr Smith said: “They’ve gone through the whole cemetery and it’s devastation all the way through. It’s a bit sad really.”

The culprits are believed to have got into the cemetery either through the back entrance or a hedge nearby.

Christine Page, a customer services advisor at Sudbury Town Council, said the council had received complaints from a woman in a recent weeks that her father’s grave was being targeted by vandals, while they had asked local police officers to step-up patrols in the area.

“It started off with her area to begin with, and it seems they’ve just got more and more brazen,” said Ms Page.

“When people lose their loved ones, they go to the graves, they put their little memorials on and pay their respects. It’s disrespectful for someone to go through the cemetery doing this sort of thing.”

shares

1 comment

  • What absolute scumbags to do something like that, let's hope no one does it to any of there family....

    Report this comment

    Rach01

    Friday, June 20, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ipswich Town's Teddy Bishop. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop has been charged with alleged multiple breaches of match betting rules, the Football Association has announced.

The Potters and Friends event at Little Hall in Lavenham. Gill Hedge (left) and Anja Penger-Onyett with their work.

An arts and crafts exhibition that raises cash to support a historic 14th-century property in Lavenham looks set to see record number of visitors.

Donald Maxwell’s colour sketch in the  1920s shows the perfect proportions of Cupola House

The former owner of a fire-damaged Grade I-listed building and a local historian are working on a publication to “preserve for future generations” the original property.

Robbie Stevens and Will Treager on the cycle journey

A pair of adventurous travelling friends have celebrated raising more than £1,000 for charity after tackling an epic cycling challenge from Beccles to Edinburgh without a single penny.

Set up of the 2015 Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich 
Wild Earthworks, Julius McCann-King and Bean the dog

People planning to enjoy the Suffolk Show have just hours to buy discounted tickets online.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.

Fire fighters tackled a blaze that had engulfed an electrical sub-station in Alresford.

Five Town fans to face affray charges

Five Ipswich fans are to appear in court to face an affray charge after violence flared in a pub before Town’s game at Rotherham.

The footpath in Bury linking Cullum Road with Hardwick Lane.

Walkers have raised concerns that a footpath linking West Suffolk Hospital with the town centre in Bury St Edmunds is not wide enough to accommodate cyclists.

Emergency services at the scene of an accident near Beyton

A teenage motorist is in a ‘critical condition’ following a single vehicle crash on the A14.

The BP petrol station eastbound on the A14

The male driver of a car which crashed into a petrol station has escaped uninjured.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages