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Vandals cause $30,000 in damage by destroying Newport gravestones

The Associated Press

NEWPORT (AP) — Officials say a western New Hampshire cemetery will need about $30,000 in repairs after dozens of gravestones were damaged or destroyed.

Newport Police Chief Jim Burroughs tells the Eagle Times that multiple vandals are likely involved in the destruction of 32 gravestones at the Maple Street Cemetery.

The headstones at the nearly 200-year-old cemetery were desecrated on the night of Nov. 27.

Town Manager Shane O'Keefe told the town Selectmen at a board meeting Monday that the Town does not own the headstones and there is insurance to pay for repairs. A crane must be used to lift the heavier monuments back into their original positions.

There are currently no suspects. Burroughs says he suspects teenagers are involved.

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