Albury Council and police upset with burnouts left at Glenmorus Gardens again

SECURITY cameras and restricted access are under consideration at Albury’s Glenmorus Gardens cemetery after a follow-up incident of hoon behaviour.

UNACCEPTABLE: Cr Henk van de Ven and Albury Council cemeteries and crematoria team leader John Vogel. Pictures: MARK JESSER

UNACCEPTABLE: Cr Henk van de Ven and Albury Council cemeteries and crematoria team leader John Vogel. Pictures: MARK JESSER

Burnouts were discovered this week in the same spot as a previous incident in mid-September when friends and family of the late Shaun Crighton were captured on video leaving skid marks after his burial.

Cr Henk van de Ven stopped short of connecting the two incidents, but hoped police could catch the perpetrators.

“To put a not too fine a point on things it is really stupid,” he said.

“It’s very disrespectful of this place.

“If the people responsible for this are trying to express grief over a loss I can understand they would be upset. But surely there is another way of expressing that grief without doing the damage they’ve done.

“We don’t have any proof it is the same people, but it is exactly the same area so you’ve got to start to wonder.”

The council is facing a damage bill of up to $20,000 to resurface the road where the burnouts have occurred.

Cr van de Ven said installation of security cameras would be an additional cost to ratepayers and locking up the cemetery at specific times was also under consideration.

“If it continues we will have to close it off at certain times and that is not fair on the rest of the community,” he said.

“There are a lot of people who have been laid to rest here and for us to deny access to (family and friends) at any time of the day or night will be hard decision for us to make.

“We can also put some security cameras out here and they are the sorts of things we need to contemplate with staff.

TAKE TWO: Hoons have struck for a second time at Glenmorus Gardens cemetery in Albury. Burnouts have been left in the same area as an incident in mid-September.

TAKE TWO: Hoons have struck for a second time at Glenmorus Gardens cemetery in Albury. Burnouts have been left in the same area as an incident in mid-September.

“A remote CCTV camera also doesn’t cost a lot to install.”

Sgt Matt Zeimatis of Albury Police said it was “extremely disappointing” people would even consider doing burnouts at a cemetery or on a road in public place.

“Obviously there are sanctions involved if you are caught which includes vehicle being confiscated, licence being suspended along with a monetary find,” he said.

“I would ask if anyone with information with regards to the identity of the offenders or vehicles for these burnouts to contact Albury Police or Crimestoppers.”