Gravestones vandalism ‘has affected whole community’

PCSO John Webb and Rev Ros Roberts with broken gravestones at Gawcott church.'111018M-B240

PCSO John Webb and Rev Ros Roberts with broken gravestones at Gawcott church.'111018M-B240

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses, after five old gravestones were pushed over and broken in Holy Trinity churchyard, in Gawcott.

Local vicar, Rev Ros Roberts, said: “It’s a shameful thing to have happened. This is a community space and it’s affected the whole community. It’s deplorable. It’s upset the congregation, and it’s dreadful for the families.”

As records of the burials have by now been archived, Rev Roberts is having to do a records trace before she can contact relatives.

“We’re doing all we can but it may take a little time to trace some of the families,” she said.

Anyone who knows one of the families whose graves have been vandalised, should contact Rev Roberts on 07523 326598.

PCSO John Webb said police are appalled.

He said: “We’re anxious to do all we can to catch the perpetrators.”

Anyone with any information can call police on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.