Historic graves trashed by senseless vandals
SENSELESS vandals have desecrated the Port Douglas cemetery, destroying around a dozen headstones in the older historical section.
Council staff discovered the damage on their daily visit to the cemetery on Tuesday morning.
The unknown culprit or culprits used what appeared to be coloured clay putty on a couple of the headstones before leaving the packaging on a grave with other rubbish.
Other headstones were broken in half and decorative angels and pillars were broken off and then strangely placed and positioned next to headstones.
Port Douglas Police Officerin-Charge Senior Sergeant Damian Meadows said without public assistance, catching the offender could prove difficult.
“We’ve been out taking photographs of the scene and the crime scene forensics will turn up and attempt to obtain DNA,” he said.
“It is a total disgrace and deplorable behaviour.”
Crimmins Funerals director and tour guide for the Douglas Shire Historical Society’s informative cemetery walks Stephen Oldham said he is appalled someone would desecrate the cemetery.
“I’m horrified that anybody would think this sort of activity is in anyway appropriate, we are talking about people’s loved ones and respect for our bedrock, our history, our culture,” he said.
“The last time this happened, the historical society paid thousands of dollars to have a replica angel reproduced and installed.
“Whoever has done it is destroying their environment - it makes no sense at all.”
Port Douglas Police are seeking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 4087 1999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Senseless vandalism: a gravesite more than 120 years old