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Vandals hit Far North crematorium

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Northland police have described the vandalism of a Far North crematorium as "pretty low".

Kerikeri police have appealed for information into the burglary at the Wiroa Rd crematorium, sometime between May 13-May 17.

Decorative metalwork above a water feature had been smashed and copper removed from a wall.

The intruders had also forced their way through a roller door and taken a chainsaw and weedeater.

Kerikeri police Senior Sergeant Peter Robinson said the matter was reported on May 17 but no arrests had been made as of yesterday.

He said police had no leads and called for help. The crematorium is owned by Scott Funeral Services.

Manager Richard Davy said it was the second time the crematorium had been targeted - the first was four years ago when a waterfall feature went missing.

He contacted police after discovering the theft on Tuesday last week.

"I drove to the back [of the building] and noticed the vine that was grown had been pulled away and the grills of a copper waterfall feature missing," Mr Davy said.

"I said 'Oh s***, some b******* have pinched it' and then I got out and discovered the double roller door had been lifted to gain entry."

His face mask and earmuffs were also stolen.

Since the intruders could not lift the door right up, they left without a ride-on mower.

Mr Robinson said the days when places of remembrance such as cemeteries were not targeted were long gone.

Contact Kerikeri police, phone (09) 407-9211.




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