The OPP say numerous headstones across several cemeteries in Quinte West were defaced over the weekend.
Police received complaints that headstones were spray-painted at the following cemeteries: Mount Evergreen Cemetery on Stockdale Road; St. Georges Cemetery on 2nd Dug Hill Road; Mount Cavalry Cemetery on Byrne Avenue; and Mount Zion Cemetery on Downs Road.
Police say somewhere between 50 and 75 headstones were vandalized. They believe the incidents took place between Friday and Sunday.
“It’s a completely senseless crime — and the mayor and council are really up-set over what’s happened — there’s been a lot of discussion yesterday and today about what can be done,” said Quinte West’s community engagement officer Hannah Brown.
But, the damaged stones won’t be defaced for long, because a local business has stepped up to help.
“Campbell’s Monuments in Quinte West has generously donated the labour that it’s going to take to clean and restore these monuments which is a huge donation and contribution that we’re incredibly thankful for,” Brown said.