19 war grave headstones damaged in Belfast City Cemetery in "absolutely despicable" incident

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PSNI picture of some of the war graves to have been damaged

By Q Radio News.

Police in west Belfast are appealing for information following reports of damage to 19 war grave headstones in Belfast City Cemetery.

Inspector Andrew McConville said; “We believe the 19 gravestones were damaged sometime between 7pm on Monday 10 August and 1pm on Tuesday 11 August.

"Damage to any grave is absolutely despicable. A graveyard is a place where people come to pay their respects.

"This behaviour and the destruction of graves will have a significant impact on individuals, families and communities.

“We have launched an investigation but need help from the community to bring those responsible before the courts.

One war grave to have been damaged

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the City Cemetery from Monday evening through to 1pm on Tuesday, or if you have information that could assist our investigation, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 829 11/08/20.

“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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