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Up to 75 headstones vandalized in cemeteries across Quinte West: OPP

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Vandals damage dozens of headstones at cemeteries around the Trenton, Ont. area
OPP are looking for suspects after dozens of headstones were spray-painted at cemeteries around Trenton – Oct 26, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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