Cemetery vandals attack family grave for the second time

Claire Bradbury (left) and her sister Louise Woodward at the vandalised grave of their grandparents in Hetton Cemetery on Friday.

Claire Bradbury (left) and her sister Louise Woodward at the vandalised grave of their grandparents in Hetton Cemetery on Friday.

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A FAMILY has been left devastated after their grandparents’ grave was targeted in a sickening cemetery attack.

Drunken yobs are thought to be behind the latest destruction at a vandal-hit graveyard.

Claire Bradbury has been left heartbroken after she visited the grave of her grandparents and great-grandparents at Hetton Cemetery, and found the damage.

The distraught mum of two was disgusted to find at least a dozen ornaments and lights that had been smashed or stolen.

Claire 35, said: “I just can’t believe someone would do something like this. It’s sickening.

“When I found out what had happened I just burst into tears. I phoned my dad and he came down to help me and we contacted the police.”

The attack came after a similar attack on the grave last year when a plaque and stone angel were smashed at the family plot.

Now, Claire, of Hetton, has been left to pick up the pieces for a second time.

The mum said her children Owen, 10, and Daniel, eight, along with sister Louise Woodhead, 30, often accompany her on weekly trips to the graveside.

“The children like to come with me to lay flowers because they never got to meet my grandparents,” she said. “Thankfully, they weren’t with me this time. It was upsetting for me. I don’t know how they would have reacted.

“There were about a dozen smashed and stolen ornaments. There were also lights that had been broken.

“We still haven’t been able to afford a replacement for the plaque that was damaged last time.

“I sometimes wish we could just move them. It is that distressing.

“It seems to be a problem that is getting worse and worse at the cemetery.”

The attack – which is believed to have happened sometime between 1pm on Monday, June 18, and noon on Friday, June 22 – has been reported to Northumbria Police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force’s non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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