Vandals desecrate graves

Unknown vandals drove their vehicle in circles over more than 20 graves

  • Aug. 13, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Tire tracks deface graves at the Quesnel Municipal Cemetery thanks to the work of thoughtless vandals.

Sometime after 4:30 p.m., Aug. 5, vandals  drove their vehicle into the Quesnel Municipal Cemetery on Quesnel Hixon Road and just in front of the Crematorium left the pavement and spun donuts across as many as 20 – 25 graves.

The cemetery is open to the public to visit their loved ones buried there – no gates prevent entering.

Supervisor of Parks and Solid Waste for the City of Quesnel, Jordan Mitchell said they see this once in a while but never over graves.

“I was very disappointed these people felt the need to disrespect the families of loved ones buried there,” he said.

“Luckily its a flat surface area with flush markers but they did leave rubber on some of the markers and obvious tracks in the lawn.”

He said staff will be raking in top soil and seeding the area to repair the damage.

Mitchell added there’s a city cemetery bylaw that allows for up to $10,000 fine for various offences including this type and it could incur police involvement as well.

“But the point is its the injustice to the families and those buried here,” he said.

“I connect with the people who visit the cemetery and feel bad for those people that someone would do that.”

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