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Family’s upset after more cemetery damage

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Family’s upset after more cemetery damage

A FURIOUS granddaughter has hit out at the ‘evil’ people who damaged her grandfather’s grave at the weekend – for the second time.

Kerry Burns was distraught to discover the vandalism when she visited Troqueer Cemetery on Sunday with her children.

She said: “My papa’s grave, James Renwick, and others have been vandalised for the second time but with more damage.

“I think it’s been between Friday and Saturday: as a family we go on a Sunday to lay flowers and we were met by this. I was absolutely heartbroken and my three autistic kids were asking why the grave was broken. I’ve been trying to explain that there is nasty, evil people around.”

As well as James’ headstone, another eight in the cemetery have been knocked over.

Kerry has been in touch with the police and appealed for anyone with information to get in touch with officers.

She explained that the headstone was previously attacked in 2014 and ornaments, memorial gifts and flowers were also taken at that time. But she added: “This time it’s the actual headstones now being a target and being fully knocked over. It’s so sad.”

Commenting, a police spokesperson said: “Around 7.10pm on Sunday, 1 October, we received a report of damage at a cemetery in Troqueer Road in Dumfries. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Meanwhile, the team at Troqueer Parish Church are asking families to check their graves for damage and are also urging potential witnesses to contact the police.


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