Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Vandals Desecrate Church Crypt

Vandals have hit a new low, breaking open coffins in St. Lawrence Churchyard in Ramsgate.

The vandals managed to open up a family vault in the churchyard sometime on Thursday (27th July) and crawled into it, before removing lids from the coffins.

The vault has now been bricked up by Thanet Council and the Council is looking at ways of clearing away some of the vegetation in the churchyard to reduce further vandalism at the site. Some of the undergrowth at the site has already been cleared away to try to reduce hiding places for anti-social behaviour.

Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said:

"This latest incident is absolutely appalling. Those who sink to breaking into coffins really are the lowest of the low and it's unbelievable that we are now witnessing crimes like this. Thanet Council will be doing everything it can to ensure that this kind of distressing incident doesn't happen again. In particular, we'll be looking at how we can cut back vegetation to help prevent anti-social behaviour. I know that there have been concerns about the work that's been done at this churchyard previously to cut trees back because of the potential loss of habitats for birds, but public safety and minimising distress to people's relatives has to be our top priority. If this work will stop anti-social behaviour and incidents like this occurring in the future, then it will be worthwhile."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes it's only right the dead are left in peace but consider whether any real malice was involved. If there was real intent to cause damage and distress it's quite appalling. However the young do not always have a real grip on death and all it means. Take the story recounted by PC Harry Cole in his series of books about Policing in Southwark soon after the war and up to the late 70s. Several young boys were found plying a 'Guy' round the streets around Bonfire Night (1945 or around the end of the war) . The Guy seemed fairly realistic. It wasn't until a beat Bobbie investigated further and found the boys had crawled into a bombed crypt and picked a skeleton as their guy and dressed it up. As one PC pointed out, the old fellah hadn't travelled so far in over 300 years. Needless to say he was returned to his abode and the boys probably got a ticking off.