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Disgust as headstones pushed over and broken in Co Armagh cemetery

Police chief slams "thoughtless, criminal vandalism"

A Co Armagh cemetery has been desecrated, 13 headstones pushed over, leaving some of them broken.

Police have slammed the “thoughtless, criminal vandalism” and appealed for help to catch those responsible.

It happened at a cemetery on Deans Walk, Lurgan, some time over the past five days.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “This is a cemetery; a graveyard – a place for quiet reflection to peacefully pay respects to loved ones who are no longer with us.

“I cannot understand the thinking behind the actions of those who caused this thoughtless, criminal vandalism.

“Police will be working with the community to prevent this behaviour and stop further hurt being caused to families and friends of those whose lives are remembered here. This is not acceptable behaviour.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this criminal damage to contact police at Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 499 23/05/18.

“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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