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Vandals attack Bard's burial site
Burns Mausoleum
Vandals smashed two windows at Burns' mausoleum
Police are investigating a vandal attack on the final resting place of Robert Burns in Dumfries.

Windows were smashed at the mausoleum in St Michael's Cemetery - the latest in a series of attacks on churches.

It has prompted calls for the introduction of CCTV cameras to tackle the problem in the area.

Police said they were stepping up patrols around churches and have issued descriptions of three teenagers in connection with the incident.

It is the second time St Michael's has been hit this month and the nearby Roman Catholic church of St Andrew's has also been attacked.

Area commander, Ch Insp Micky Collins, said it was a problem that they were well aware of.

"We have had a number of vandalisms at local churches going on over a period of time," he said.

"We are working closely with people from the churches.

"We are looking at things like better lighting, better security around the church and doing extra patrols to stop people using the church grounds as short cuts or drinking dens.

St Michael's Church
Police are looking at a number of security moves at St Michael's

"Any sort of vandalism to churches is a concern," he added. "It is an issue we should be addressing."

A window was smashed above the door at St Michael's some time between 12 March and 17 March.

A further two windows were smashed at Burns' mausoleum in the grounds of the church.

Police are keen to trace a group of three boys seen in the area at about 1615 GMT on Friday, 17 March.

They are all described as aged between 12 and 14 years.

One was wearing a dark green jacket, another had a grey jacket with a yellow design on the chest while the third was wearing a blue fleece.




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