Senseless destruction

Albany Advertiser
Mt Barker Cemetary.
Camera IconMt Barker Cemetary. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Police are investigating vandalism at the Mt Barker cemetery, where gravestones — including that of a World War II soldier — were broken.

The vandalism occurred overnight between Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1.

It was reported by a member of the public, who noticed the damage while visiting the cemetery.

Three gravestones were dese-crated and several other ornaments, flower pots and keepsakes were knocked over.

Shire of Plantagenet works and services manager David Lynch said it was “a senseless and petty act”.

“For the life of me, I can’t work out why people would do something like that — it’s such a horrible thing to do,” he said.

“Mt Barker is usually pretty good. We don’t get a lot of graffiti or vandalism and to go down there and find something like that is just really disappointing. I’ve had to contact the families to tell them and that was quite difficult ... they were upset and actually quite angry.”

Mr Lynch said the Shire was waiving the repair costs. Police have urged anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Mt Barker police station.

Vandalised grave.
Camera IconVandalised grave. Credit: Steven Thomas

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