POLICE PROBE DAMAGE TO BELFAST WAR GRAVES

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

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

“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.

“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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