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Clean-up at vandalised graveyard

Dozens of graves were vandalised at a cemetery in Dorset last weekend. Devastated family members found the damage at Poole Cemetery on Dorchester Road last Saturday morning. 30 headstones were pushed and kicked over. Floral displays and wooden crosses for the recently deceased were trampled on.

Council officials have been at the cemetery trying to put things back in order. Police have now released a picture of a footprint which they believe belongs to the suspect. A 23-year-old man was arrested and released without charge.


Does this belong to shoe that trampled on graves?

This footprint was found at the scene Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Poole are renewing their appeal for witnesses and urging anyone with information to come forward after a large number of headstones were damaged at a graveyard in the Oakdale area of the town – with officers releasing an image of a shoe print found at the location.

The incident, in which around 30 graves were damaged, happened sometime between Friday 25 January 2013 at 3pm and the same time on Saturday 26 January 2013 at Poole Cemetery on Dorchester Road.

Some of the graves had been trampled on and flowers thrown around, and headstones and crosses broken into pieces.

Those damaged include the resting places of children and a 1916 World War I soldier.

Police Sergeant David Parr, of Poole police, said: “The tread is similar to that of a Reebok 321 branded sole, commonly used on the Reebok Classic trainer, although we are aware that other varieties and brands use the same design. It would appear this print is of adult size."

A 23-year-old man from Poole arrested in connection with this incident has been released without charge, and enquiries continue. Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 26:177. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.