Vandals hit mum’s grave

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

A bereaved family has pleaded for vandals to leave their loved ones at Allambie Park Cemetery in peace.

The Albany family, who wished to remain anonymous, were left devastated after mementos were stolen from the grave of their mother, who recently died at age 59.

The vandalism is believed to have occurred last week, between 5pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. The most prominent items stolen were silk roses placed in remembrance of their mother’s birthday.

The family said they were infuriated by the act.

“To think someone has been wandering around the gravesite of (our) loved one,” they said.

“To think someone was standing above our loved one to rob them of something given on their birthday.

“What people who steal items don’t get is the sentimental and emotional connection and pain the family still go through.

“It’s disconcerting.”

Taking to social media to voice their hurt and concerns for decease loved ones, several other families shared similar stories.

“We want to make the rest of the community aware of these callous acts,” the family said. “(We) don’t understand what has driven someone (to do this). It’s disgraceful.”

Allambie Park secretary Peter Tomlinson described the acts as disrespectful but said the incidents did occur intermittently.

“The problem is the cemetery is open all the time for public access,” he said.

“Our staff try and keep an eye out, but on the weekend when no one is here, it does tend to happen.

“We could lock up the cemetery, but people want to visit outside work hours

“Sadly it’s just people see an opportunity get something for free.”

Because of other antisocial behaviour, the cemetery will close the main entrance to vehicles visiting after hours as of next month.

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