Police in Newtownabbey received a report just before 8pm last night (Thursday 28 May) that a number of graves had been damaged in Carnmoney Cemetery, on Prince Charles Way.
A vulnerable young person was subsequently arrested over the damage.
Inspector Patty said: “Officers attended the scene and discovered damage had been caused to around 50 graves, with headstones damaged and vases and ornaments smashed or overturned.
“We are not treating this as any kind of hate crime, nor do we believe that there was any sectarian motive involved.
“One young person is helping us with our enquiries and we are not looking to speak to any other individuals in connection with the damage caused.
“The cemetery is well-kept and place of reflection for so many people.
“We understand that families and friends who have loved ones buried in the cemetery will find this a very distressing and upsetting incident.
“If members of the public have any information that could assist our investigation they should contact us on 101 quoting reference number 1924 of 27/05/21.”