Councillor hits out at cemetery vandals

Steve Pratley and his stepdaughter at the desecrated grave in Mablethorpe. Photo: Trevor Bradford
Steve Pratley and his stepdaughter at the desecrated grave in Mablethorpe. Photo: Trevor Bradford
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A TOWN councillor and Mablethorpe resident who found the gravestone of his late wife defaced has raised the question of anti-social behaviour in the town’s cemeteries.

Steve Pratley is from Queens Park Close in Mablethorpe and also sits on the town council. Mr Pratley contacted the Leader when he found the ceramic photographic plaque on his late wife’s headstone had been ripped off.

“This sort of mindless behaviour is by people who have absolutely no respect for the dead, who should be left in peace. These vandals would claim that they were drunk and bored with nothing better to do with their time,” said Mr Pratley, who also said that broken flower vases and empty beer bottles had been left around the cemetery.

The police confirm that Neighbourhood Policing Teams are responsible for monitoring cemeteries, and do so if a particular place has been identified as a hot spot for anti-social behaviour.

Lincolnshire Police have said that no crimes at Trusthorpe Cemetery have been logged on their central system but any incidents can be reported locally to the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Meanwhile Mr Pratley says he cannot see any reason why his wife’s grave should be targeted:

“As far as I know Coun Ann Rosamund Pratley did not have any enemies who would have done that. She worked hard in her community helping the people with their problems where she could and was well respected. Ann certainly did not deserve this sort of treatment,” he wrote.

“While it is highly unlikely that this person or persons unknown would ever be caught and come before the court , I hope that they suffer either in life or death,” he added.

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