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Anger at swastika grave graffiti

Swastika daubed on headstone
Police appealed for information (picture by Emma-Louise Curtis)

Graffiti vandals daubed swastikas on five headstones in a graveyard in Hampshire.

The damage at New Milton cemetery, which also included swear words being written on the ground's walls, was discovered earlier this week.

The Reverend Andrew Bailey said arrangements were already under way to have the gravestones and walls cleaned.

Police said no reports of the graffiti had been made but urged anyone with information to come forward.

'Shocked and appalled'

Student Emma-Louise Curtis, 18, saw the damage as she walked to college on Thursday.

She said: "I am disgusted by it. A cemetery is a place of rest for the dead and vandals have done this.

"Not only have they vandalised the wall, they have done something far worse, they have graffiti swastikas on graves.

"What is happening to our town?

"As a young adult in the community I am shocked and appalled that someone could desecrate the final resting place of a person."

Mr Bailey added: "Unfortunately this is not the first time it has happened and we will be taking steps to have it removed.

"It is a problem we don't feel we should trouble police with, but it is a sad person who does this."

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