A new weapon in the battle against vandals damaging graves in a cemetery in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has been approved by the council.

Security fencing costing £36,000 will be placed around the Hampden Road site, following substantial desecration to graves in the past year.

In April, 20 Muslim graves were badly damaged by vandals, whilst in June the family of Olivia Chandler, who died of asthma aged eight years old, were left devastated when her grave was vandalised.

The Bucks Free Press reported that Wycombe District Council approved the plans following discussions with police, but has said no CCTV will be installed due to low tree cover.

Whilst vandals damaged fencing in Epworth, North Lincolnshire, so much the local council had to repair it, the Wycombe authority believes that this is the solution to combat the cemetery problem.

Victoria Groulef, Leader of the Labour group, told the source: "There's been a huge amount of vandalism to people's graves, there's been a lot of relatives who have contacted me that have been extremely hurt at a vulnerable stage of their lives."

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