Gosport graves vandalised for second time in two weeks with 'cry babies' scrawled on pathway at Ann's Hill Cemetery

MORE than a dozen graves have been vandalised with graffiti in the second attack on a Gosport cemetery in two weeks, leaving residents outraged by what appears to be a ‘despicable’ taunt.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 12:54 pm

The vandalism was reported near the Wilmott Lane entrance of Ann’s Hill Cemetery this morning.

Graves were defaced with red and blue spray paint, with red stars sprayed across some memorials, while others had the initials ‘TC’ and the words ‘Total Control’ written across them.

The vandal has also sprayed the words ‘cry babies’ across a pathway, which residents believe is a reference to a similar attack earlier this month.

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More than a dozen graves have been vandalised with spray paint in Ann's Hill Cemetery in Gosport. Picture: Richard Lemmer

More than a dozen residents brought household cleaners and scrubbing brushes to remove the paint.

Pauline Lewis called the police after discovering the ‘despicable’ attack at 9.30 this morning.

She said: ‘We have been scrubbing away for an hour and it’s not coming off.

‘We’re worried that it will be the war graves or the babies’ graves next time.’

The vandal has sprayed the words 'cry babies', seemingly a reference to reactions after a similar attack two weeks ago. Picture: Richard Lemmer

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The authorities need to install CCTV to deter further attacks, according to Gosport resident Michelle Ralph.

She explained: ‘We said two weeks ago it would happen again because they have got what they wanted – they are just loving the reaction.

‘We have got aunties and cousins and other families members here – we think there graves are all okay.

It does not appear that any child or war graves were targeted in the incident. Picture: Richard Lemmer

‘But I know someone whose mum’s grave has been targeted and I can’t get hold of her – I don’t want to tell her over text.’

Police plan to patrol the area in the coming days and expressed their ‘huge thanks’ to residents cleaning the cemetery this morning, according to a message from a Gosport police social media account.

In a message on Twitter, a representative from the force wrote: ‘We are aware that gravestones in Ann’s Hill Cemetery have again been damaged with spray paint overnight.

‘Officers are continuing to investigate and have been at the scene within the last two hours. We will be patrolling in the area over the coming days.

More than a dozen residents turned out to help clean up the spray paint. Picture: Richard Lemmer

‘We totally understand the anger, frustration and upset which will be felt by the victims, as well as the wider community.

‘We share in that anger, frustration and upset. This damage will not be tolerated and we will be doing everything we can to find those responsible.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident number 44210105394.

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