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."