Gravestones damaged in Houghton

23 Mar 2016 16:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after headstones were damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

On Tuesday, March 22, it was reported five gravestones had been damaged at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street.  The damages happened between Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, March 21. A further ten have also been knocked over.

It's estimated the damage caused will cost around £15,000 to repair.

Police have previously appealed for information after two headstones were pushed over at the same location in February.

Neighbourhood officers are paying extra attention to the grounds and working with the site owners to help prevent any further incidents.

Houghton's Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Les Goodliff said: "Not only is the damage that has been caused going to cost a substantial amount of money to repair but these graves have great sentimental value.

"We are working with Friends of Houghton Hillside Cemetery to help prevent any further incidents happening at the site, and also to help us identify those who are responsible and we would ask anyone who does have any information to please get in contact with us.

"Officers will be paying extra attention to the grounds and carrying out regular patrols throughout the cemetery."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 968 210316 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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