Vandals shatter peace in disgraceful attack on  cemetery

Albury Council will investigate improving security after the “shocking desecration of graves” at Waugh Road cemetery. 

Mayor Kevin Mack said council was appalled by the attacks on nine graves at the cemetery, and called for residents with information to “help bring the vandals to justice” by contacting police. 

“The smashing of glass panels on headstones is a shocking desecration of graves commemorating loved ones and our thoughts go out to family and friends affected by this mindless attack,” he said.

Albury’s Roland Sullivan came across the damage when he and his wife were visiting the graves of her grandfather and a friend. 

He saw the damage when approaching his late friend’s grave.

“How would these people feel if someone else did the same to their relatives or friend’s grave?” Mr Sullivan said. 

“This is the lowest of low acts and our hearts go out to the relatives of their deceased loved ones who have damaged graves.”

Mr Sullivan said the cemetery was a place where relatives could be with those they’ve lost.

“The cemetery is there so we as relatives can go and be close to our deceased loved ones,” he said.

“Nobody should have to go there and see such destruction. It is sad and make us very angry that people can do this.”

Cr Mack said the attack occurred on the eastern side of Waugh Road, where a security fence was installed but there are currently no lockable gates on that part of the site.

He said council would now investigate ways of improving security to prevent any further attacks.

“Albury City is appalled by the disgraceful vandalism attacks on nine graves at the Waugh Road Cemetery at the weekend,” Cr Mack said. 

“The matter has been reported to Albury police and we urge anyone with information to contact police and help bring the vandals to justice.”

It comes just days after Albury Council announced the installation of CCTV system at Glenmorous Cemetery, in response repeated burnouts at the facility. 

To report information: Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 

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