- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts cemetery dating to the 18th century has been vandalized for the fifth time in four years.

The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1Oy2UBM ) reports that 33 gravestones were found damaged on Friday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in West Bridgewater. Several were toppled or smashed, including the graveyard’s oldest tombstone, which dates back to 1751.

The caretaker told The Globe that it’s the most damaging vandalism in the cemetery’s recent history. The graveyard has been vandalized almost every year since 2012, including three times in the past year. Many of the damaged headstones belong to military veterans.

Police were called to the cemetery on Friday but couldn’t immediately be reached.

Officials started an online fundraising page to repair some of the damages, and they may install surveillance cameras and increase security.


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