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April 11, 2000 - Citizens Urged to Fight in Battle Against Vandalism

Public Service Announcement

Citizens Urged to Fight in Battle Against Vandalism

(Tuesday, April 11/2000)-- Halifax Regional Municipality issued an appeal to the public today, urging citizens to help police in preventing any further acts of vandalism in municipally-owned and other cemeteries.

Citizens are urged to report to police any unusual gatherings or suspicious activities they may observe in local cemeteries. Vandals recently struck at two metro cemeteries, causing thousands of dollars in damage to grave markers and headstones.

Stephen King, Manager, Parks and Recreation Services, said "These senseless acts of destruction cost the taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars each year. But more importantly, they cause untold grief and upset to the families of those who have loved ones buried in these cemeteries."

Vandalism usually occurs after dark or on weekends. Area residents in metro are urged to call the Halifax Regional Police dispatch line at 490-5020 to report any unusual activities or gatherings in cemeteries in their neighbourhood.

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John O'Brien
Corporate Communications Officer
(902) 490-6531

Stephen King
Manager, Parks and Recreation Services
(902) 490-4894