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Hoons vandalise graves of 63 children at Cairns cemetery 

  • Hoons vandalised a Cairns cemetery affecting at least 60 children’s graves
  • A car is believed to have ‘driven aggressively’ over the plaques tearing up grass 
  • 17 children’s plaques were directly impacted but none were physically broken 

Heartless hooning vandals destroyed dozens of children’s graves in the baby section at a cemetery in Cairns.

Cairns Regional Council spokeswoman Lea Guy told Daily Mail Australia 63 infant sites were affected across Forest Gardens.

‘A car has driven over the graves … driven aggressively across the lawn cemetery,’ Ms Guy said.

Hooning vandals destroyed dozens of children’s graves at a cemetery in Cairns (pictured)

63 children's grave sites were affected by vandals and 17 were directly impacted (pictured)

63 children’s grave sites were affected by vandals and 17 were directly impacted (pictured)

Photos show the vandals left skid marks, tearing up and destroying the grass. 

17 plaques were directly impacted but none were broken at Edmonton Lawn Cemetery.

‘It is not possible to put a dollar amount on the rectification works … it is the emotional cost to the families involved and the broader community,’ Ms Guy said. 

Cairns mother Kylie Cassels, whose daughter was born at 25 weeks and died shortly after, told Daily Mail Australia her baby daughter was buried at the cemetery site that was reportedly vandalised.

‘I’m so upset, I can’t stop crying not just for my baby but for all the babies and families affected,’ Ms Cassels said. 

‘She was right near the seat on the curb so it makes me worried her grave was one of them.

'I'm so upset, I can't stop crying not just for my baby but for all the babies and families affected,' Cairns mother Kylie Cassels said

‘I’m so upset, I can’t stop crying not just for my baby but for all the babies and families affected,’ Cairns mother Kylie Cassels said

‘I’m so sickened and disgusted that people can do this to anyone’s grave especially that of a poor babies last resting place.’ 

Ms Guy said the cemetery had been damaged last year in a similar event but not to the same extent.  

Edmonton Police Station senior sergeant Jason Smith said a wittness saw a silver coloured van driving on the area.

The graves were damaged by a driver ‘spinning their wheels’ between 3.30pm Friday and Monday morning. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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