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Vandals damage children’s area at cemetery

Published: Tuesday, 4th February 2020

Vandals have damaged two animal statues in the children’s section at Rothwell Road Cemetery in Kettering.

Officers at the cemetery received a complaint that youths, who were believed to be visiting a grave in the cemetery on Thursday 23 January 2020, then went on to cause the damage. One of the statues has been forcibly broken from its secure fixing in the ground.

The Council has installed animal statues within the Children’s ashes scattering area to make it more pleasant for bereaved families visiting the site, and to reflect the fact that the area is reserved for children.

The incident has been reported to the Police and if anyone saw anything on 23 January 2020, please contact Bereavement Services on 01536 525 722 or Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“It is difficult to understand what people are thinking when they cause this kind of damage. Not only was this in a cemetery but it was in an area specifically set aside in the cemetery extension at the back of the site where parents can scatter the ashes and grieve the loss of a child. If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Council or the Police.”