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Menace of 'drug-fuelled orgies' involving homeless people in a graveyard

Police patrols are being stepped up after complaints of 'drug-fuelled orgies' involving homeless people in a graveyard.

Abney Park cemetery Credit: Google Street View

The anti-social behaviour has turned into a menace for residents of fashionable Stoke Newington in north London.

The problem is said to be concentrated in and around Abney Park cemetery.

Local author Damian Duggan-Ryan told ITV News.

People are having parties and copulating on the gravestones and generally behaving in a way which a lot of people would feel is not appropriate for a historic cemetery.

It is very easy to climb over the railings after the cemetery is locked. It's become a sort of partying place.

What has been happening is really pretty disgraceful. The problems have increased in recent months.

A lot of these people are drug addicts, they are unfortunate.

It is a serious situation. In fairness to the police they are short on resources.

– Damian Duggan-Ryan, local author
Abney Park cemetery Credit: Google Street View

The Metropolitan Police said they were aware of the problem and were trying to stop it.

More officers are being put on the beat and patrols of the cemetery will be increased.