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War graves damaged in Belfast City Cemetery

Damage caused to war graves in Belfast City Cemetery. Picture by Mal McCann

DAMAGE has been caused to 19 war graves at Belfast City Cemetery.

Police last night said gravestones at the west Belfast graveyard had been broken into pieces and were left lying on the grass.

The damage is believed to have occurred some time between 7pm on Monday and 1pm on Tuesday.

There are almost 300 Commonwealth burials from World War I and 274 from World War II at Belfast City Cemetery.

PSNI Inspector Andrew McConville last night said "damage to any grave is absolutely despicable".

"A graveyard is a place where people come to pay their respects," he said.

"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."

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