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Police hit out after fires and damage caused to Belfast graves

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The damage caused in City Cemetery.

The damage caused in City Cemetery.

The damage caused in City Cemetery.

The damage caused in City Cemetery.

The damage caused in City Cemetery.

Police are "ramping up patrols" after graves were damaged in a Belfast cemetery.

Officers were called to deal with reports that a gravestone and a surrounding area were damaged within the City Cemetery at the weekend.

It was reported that youths were lighting fires in and around graves and "treating what is meant to be a place to pay respects with complete disregard".

PSNI west Belfast said officers are working to combat the issue along with Belfast City Council.

The PSNI said: "We have been working with Belfast City Council and ramping up patrols in the area in order to tackle this ongoing antisocial behaviour.

"How would you feel if this was your family’s grave?

"If anyone has any information regards antisocial behaviour in the City Cemetery, please call Police on 101 or in an emergency call 999. If you have any information regards the above photographs in particular, please call Woodbourne through 101 and quote reference CCS 651.

"We will do our best to combat criminality within the confines of the cemetery and ultimately bring the offenders to justice, but we also rely on the public to report these matters."

A Belfast City Council spokeswoman said: "This is the subject of an ongoing investigation and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage.”

Belfast Telegraph