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Families 'outraged' after Belfast City Cemetery grave sites vandalised

By John Mulgrew

As many as 30 grave sites have been severely damaged at Belfast City Cemetery.

It's believed vandals attacked the sites between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, police have said.

Although the severity of the damage varies, some grave sites and accompanying sentimental ornaments were smashed during what has been described as an "appalling" attack.

One such memento destroyed was said to have left a family distraught and "absolutely outraged" - having been owned by the deceased.

SDLP councillor Colin Keenan condemned the vandals and said there was a wider concern for such behaviour across parks and other public spaces in the city.

"I would also make a wider appeal to parents to know where there kids are," he said.

"Places like this are to be respected. Children should not be going into these cemeteries and causing damage.

"In a wider context, this sort of thing is ongoing in our parks. A core group of a very small number of young people - no matter what you do for them, they end up causing damage."

A number of police officers are now patrolling the area at night, with neighbourhood officers "paying attention to the area during the day"

Police said they have been liaising with Belfast City Council in relation to anti-social behaviour in the area.

They remain at the scene and continue to investigate the incident.

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