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Cemetery locks gates at night to stop vandalism

The gates at Wisbech General Cemetery are to be locked at night in future in a bid to prevent further vandalism.

Wisbech General Cemetery

The Friends group that manages the cemetery have taken the decision after a number of recent incidents there.

Sue Beel, the Friends' chairman, said: "We regret having to do this but sadly we feel it's necessary. About eight distinctive pedestal monuments and crosses have been pushed over and broken recently and we want to stop it happening to any more. It is particularly disheartening as the memorials are very much a part of Wisbech's social history and heritage."

The Friends have enjoyed a very successful year, with the cemetery winning the "Best Cemetery" category and a gold award in Anglia In Bloom and the group gaining the "Best Nature Project" award at Street Pride's recent 10th birthday celebrations.

Last month they led a Remembrance Day walk around the cemetery to honour victims of the two world wars who are buried there.  The group visited each of the graves of the ten men who died in the First World War and one from the Second World War. After a short reflection on the lives of each of the men a candle was lit and a poppy placed on the grave.

The Friends would welcome more members to help with their work. Call Sue Beel on 01945 584319.

Article added December 2, 2015