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Cemetery Headstones Knocked Over, Damaged at Hingham Cemetery

Several of the damaged headstones belonged to veterans, police said

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Police are searching for the vandals who knocked over and damaged several headstones at a cemetery in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Police were called to the Hingham Cemetery on South Street at about 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report that several headstones had been knocked over. When officers arrived, nine headstones in the same row had been tipped over.

Several of the damaged headstones belonged to veterans, police said.

No other damage was reported and police said it did not appear that any family or group was targeted.

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"I don't know how they did it," said Pam Marcella, executive director of the cemetery. "It's just sad to see something like this happen."

The damage, which was found by a person who takes walk through the private cemetery, isn't the first this week. On Tuesday, a brush fire was reported in a different area of the cemetery.

Both incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hingham police at 781-741-1443. Anonymous tips can also be left on the police department's website under "Submit A Tip."

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