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GRAVE ERRORS: Volunteers say vandalism of Berkhamsted cemetery is ‘disappointing’

 Published on: 2nd July 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The group of volunteers who work to provide upkeep at Rectory Lane Cemetery in Berkhamsted have shared their sadness after a recent spate of vandalism.

The Friends of St Peter’s, the community group that works to preserve the churchyard and grounds at St Peter’s Church, have stated that the graveyard has been damaged as of late.

Graffiti was sprayed onto some of the memorials and the seats in the lower cemetery, with one of the seats also being deliberately damaged. There has also been a purposeful attempt to break the glass on the cemetery’s noticeboard and damage done to a wall.

It took nearly four hours for a volunteer to repair the damage to the seats and memorials, with the glass on the noticeboard also having to be replaced soon.

Taking to social media, the Friends said that they have logged the incidents with the local Dacorum Police team, who have stated that they will try to increase their presence in the cemetery when conducting their community patrols.

They added: “Sadly, our beautiful cemetery is not immune to antisocial behaviour and vandalism – it is open and accessible 24/7 as a community space – and some people do not treat it well.

“These small acts of criminal damage are very disappointing, but it is only a tiny group responsible – we know that the vast majority of cemetery visitors respect and cherish this historic community space.”

Photo credit: Rectory Lane Cemetery

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