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Babies’ graves vandalised

Babies’ graves havebeen desecrated once againat Griffith Cemetery.

The vandalism happened during the day on Friday and parents are furious.

Kim Rebetzke-Earl was preparing to visit baby Tex’s grave on Friday, five months after he died, when she got a message from her sister.

“She said his grave had been vandalised again,”Ms Rebetzke-Earl said. “We went and saw a solar light had been snapped in half, toys were trampled on and thrown around and flowers had been ripped up.It’s an absolute disgrace.”

The attack came just three months after a similar incident prompted Griffith mayor John Dal Broito ask council workers to monitor the cemetery and investigate lighting or some other form of security.When he heard the news, Councillor Dal Broi said he was shocked it had happened again.

“I’m terribly disappointed,” Cr Dal Broi said.“These particular fools and idiots have made their fun by vandalising childrens’ and babies’ graves. It’s just incomprehensible how anyone can get joy out of doing such a thing.”

Jessica Buckley alertedThe Area Newsto the previous incident which occurred in November. Rather than being upset, she was now furious.

“When it hadn’t happened again I thought maybe the stories made people think twice about doing something like this,” Ms Buckley said.“Last time I was devastated and cried a lot, I just couldn’t believe it.It doesn’t just affect the parents either, my mum’s been crying again all weekend.”

Ms Rebetzke-Earl said they had paid a lot of money for their baby’s burial plot and they expected he would be able to rest in peace.

“It’s heartbreaking all over again,”Ms Rebetzke-Earl said. “My six-year-old cried all night, it was quite an emotional sight.Who raises these animals that would do such a thing?”

Ms Rebetzke-Earl said she would go to Tex’s graveevery day to check it was ok.

“We’remonitoring it, but we shouldn’t have to,” she said.

Cr Dal Broi said it was time for Griffith City Council to take “dramatic action”.

“I’m going to get the staff to prepare an urgent report to curb the destruction going on in this sacred place,” he said.

“I’m shattered to hear this has happened again.”

Ms Buckley said she was glad council would take action.

“I’m pleased they’re paying attention to this problem,” she said.“They need to make it clear this sort of thing is just not acceptable.”

Ms Rebetzke-Earl said some sort of lighting and security camera system would be helpful to prevent night-time vandals, but a fence was needed to keep trouble-makers out during the day.

In 2013, volunteers fromYenda Progress Association erected a fence at Yenda Cemetery with materials supplied by Griffith City Council.

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