Thugs have smashed seventeen graves in Earlham Crematorium and Earlham Cemetery.

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Fourteen headstones were damaged in crematorium’s memorial gardens while vandals also targeted marble angels at three graves in the cemetery off the A140 Farrow Road.

The damage took place between 8.30am on New Year’s Eve and 8.30am on Wednesday, while the damage to the marble angels was caused between 11am on Tuesday and 10.45am on Wednesday.

Suspects pulled and kicked the headstones while two large marble angels between 6ft and 8ft tall and a smaller 4ft angel were pushed over and broken.

Norwich Policing Commander Superintendent Paul Sanford described the culprits as “heartless”.

He said: “We take these types of offences extremely seriously and in each case will make every effort to find those responsible.

“We need the public’s help in order to do this and I would urge anyone who may have witnessed people acting suspiciously in the area to come forward.”

•Anyone with information should contact officers at Earlham Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

•For the full story including an interview with one of the families and details of a £500 reward see tomorrow’s Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press.

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