CCTV set to combat 
cemetery vandalism

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b13-134 Biggleswade scenesetters''Stratton Way cemetery ENGPNL00120130213164310

CCTV will be keeping a watchful eye on a cemetery after a spate of vandalism that resulted in gravestones being desecrated.

Bedfordshire Police and Biggleswade Town Council have teamed up to tackle the issue, after the Biggleswade Local Policing Team received a number of reports in recent weeks saying that vandals had targeted a number of gravestones in the town’s Stratton Way Cemetery.

As a result, PCSOs and the Special Constabulary have increased patrols in the area and Biggleswade Town Council has installed a CCTV camera in the road leading to the cemetery to monitor any further problems.

Sergeant Gary Kidd, from the Local Policing Team, said: “Damage caused to gravestones is very upsetting for family members and we are working very closely with the Town Council to try and identify who has been responsible for the attacks.

“Stratton Way Cemetery is next to a play area and football pitch which are regularly used by youngsters and their families and I would urge everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity. Even the smallest piece of information could help us with our enquiries.”

Last month bereaved Jean Parr contacted the Chronicle after floral tributes were taken from the cemetery, where both her daughter and husband are buried. And just weeks earlier widow Marilyn Buck also had items stolen from the grave of her late husband, some of which had been bought by her grandchildren.

If you have information relating to these incidents, contact the Local Policing Team, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crime