FENLANDER: Security strengthened at Wisbech cemetery as people plead for help catching vandals

RESIDENTS in Wisbech have welcomed moves to strengthen security at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. But after reports of more trouble there they are now urging local people to name the culprits and report them to police.

New gates and stronger fences have recently been installed by Fenland District Council in response to concerns raised by local residents about vandalism and antisocial behaviour at the cemetery, including the desecration of some children’s graves earlier this year.

The cemetery’s main double gates and pillars have been replaced after damage caused by traffic from the industrial area had made them difficult to secure. The adjoining single pedestrian gate has also been repaired and a new one provided next to the toilet block.

In addition, several areas of fencing around the perimeter have been strengthened and gaps filled in. The work has also included some sensitive pruning of trees and shrubs both to enhance the cemetery’s appearance and eliminate places where troublemakers can hide.

Despite all this, however, there have been recent reports of more damage.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for cemeteries, said: “Visitors to the cemetery and other local residents have been very concerned about antisocial behaviour there. The measures we have taken will go a long way towards making it safe and secure but they are not foolproof. So it is really important that local people keep an eye out for anyone causing trouble and report them immediately to the police.”

Councillor David Wheeler added: “After all the hard work that has been done, it’s a shame there are still some mindless idiots who continue to show no respect to people whose loved ones are buried here. We need the whole community to work together to find those responsible and put an end to their nasty, callous behaviour.”

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