Vandals damage 11 graves

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St Mary’s Church in Cloughton is appealing for relatives of people buried in their churchyard to get in touch after vandals pushed over and damaged a number of headstones.

David Sadler, churchwarden at St Mary’s said, “Eleven gravestones were pushed over on the evening of Saturday August 17, damaging some of the stones.

“We are trying to find the owners of these monuments and let the families know about this vandalism.

“This mindless destruction can be very upsetting for families, and we extend our sympathy for the friends and relatives of the people whose headstones were damaged.

“I’d urge anyone who spots people causing damage in churchyards to phone the police.

“It’s not a victimless crime – it causes heartache for people whose loved ones’ graves have been affected, and it costs money to have the gravestones re-erected and put right.”

The people whose headstones have been knocked over or damaged are: Richard Gaunt, Harry Horsley, Madge Welburn, Emma Owen, John Stephenson, Arthur Appleton, Bert Welburn, Adele and Edgar Walker, Edith Spite, Harry Robinson, Ethel May Exley.

Any relatives of those people should contact David Sadler on (01723) 870807.

Scarborough police have launched a witness appeal following the vandalism.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said that some gravestones suffered minor damage, but that others were broken in half. If you can help with the investigation, please call 101 and ask to speak to Scarborough police. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.