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Witney cemetery vandalism update

Two youths have been arrested for vandalising 10 graves which left them covered in offensive graffiti at Witney Tower Hill cemetery in November.

The offenders desecrated the headstones with gold spray paint at the Curbridge Road cemetery on 14 November. The two male youths arrested have been questioned and released on bail to re-appear in six weeks time.

Following the attack, Witney Town Council informed the relatives affected before arranging for a thorough clean-up of the area.

"This is a deeply shameful and distressing event," says Chrissie Curry, Mayor of Witney. "Personally I would like anyone found guilty of this to spend some time tending our cemeteries to appreciate exactly what a cemetery means to families. I would also like to see them make full recompense for the cost of cleaning the headstones, which it goes without saying has been underwritten by Witney Town Council. They should also be made to face the families whose graves were desecrated and explain their actions to them."

The police would still like to hear from anyone with information. Please contact Insp Darren Carver via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. Alternatively, if you don't want to speak to police or give your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 11/12/2006 21:08:39

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