Families were left devastated after youths damaged graves at Casino.
Families were left devastated after youths damaged graves at Casino.

Youths vandalise Casino cemetery

YOUTHS doing doughnuts in cars at Casino Lawn Cemetery at the weekend have knocked over a headstone, snapped wooden grave crosses and ripped up lawns, upsetting those with family members buried there.

Richmond Valley Councillor Stephen Morrissey received a report from a distressed Casino resident on Sunday regarding the destruction, in which a headstone laid only three months ago was knocked over.

Cr Morrissey went to the council-owned cemetery in Reynolds Street, on the same road as the Casino Regional Livestock Exchange, to inspect the damage.

There he found evidence of someone having driven a car across the lawns in large circles which, during the weekend’s wet conditions, had created deep gouges in the lawn.

Cr Morrissey’s parents, his nephew and many friends are buried at the cemetery.

“We all have a friend or a relative out there. It’s an absolute disgrace” Cr Morrissey said.

“You wish you could grab whoever is responsible and give them a fair shaking.

“What I’d really like to do to them you can’t print in the paper.”

Cr Morrissey said the isolated location of the cemetery allowed the vandals to get away with it, but he ruled out calling for the cemetery to be locked up.

“It can’t be locked up. People need to be able to get in there when they want to,” he said.

Cr Morrissey will be raising the vandalism at a council information session being held this week to see if there is anything the council can do to deter anything like this from happening in the future.

One Casino resident, who asked not to be named, visited her mother’s grave on the second anniversary of her death over the weekend.

The woman, who visited the grave with her father and brother, said they were disgusted by the destruction at the cemetery.

She described the culprits as ‘low life’.

“It’s people’s final resting place. It should be respected,” the woman said.

Anyone with information on the vandalism at the cemetery over the weekend should contact the Richmond Valley Council or Casino police.

 



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