Tweed Heads Lawn Cemetery before the vandals struck.
Tweed Heads Lawn Cemetery before the vandals struck. John Gass

Vandals smash up 30 graves at Tweed Lawn Cemetery

UPDATE, 4.01pm: Council are viewing CCTV footage around the Tweed Heads Lawn Cemetery in an effort to identify those responsible for vandalising burial sites.

Tweed Shire Council began fixing the cemetery on Thursday morning following the attack and also liased with the Catholic parish, police and family members of those buried at the affected sites.

Building and Recreation Assets coordinator Peter Ganser, said 20 plots in the children's section and approximately 10 adjacent sites were affected by the vandalism attack.

"We have tidied the sites and their surrounds and we're talking with the families and parish about repairing the damage," he said.

"We will also use the restoration works as an opportunity to improve some of the surrounds."

Council's general manager Troy Green described the vandalism as "extremely disrespectful to the deceased and their family members".

 

INITIAL report, 12.35pm: More than a dozen Tweed Heads Lawn Cemetery burial sites have been vandalised, including a number of children's graves.

In a statement released this morning Tweed police said they were appalled to discover the low act, which resulted in damage to headstones, ornaments, plaques, vases, toys and other items.

Tweed Shire Council believes the damage was done on Wednesday night.

Objects were thrown and smashed around the lawn of the Sunshine Ave cemetery and police say family members were devastated when they learnt of the vandalism.

Officers from Tweed Byron LAC are asking for public help to find who was responsible for the damage.

If you have information about the incident call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers can remain anonymous.



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