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Vandals damage headstones at Glasgow cemetery

Headstones in a graveyard
The stones, in the Western Necropolis area, dated from 1900 to 1935

Vandals have destroyed about 70 headstones in a Glasgow cemetery.

The damage at Lambhill cemetery, estimated at about £60,000, was carried out between 1600 GMT on Thursday and 0830 GMT on Friday.

The stones, most of which were are now beyond repair, date from around 1900 to 1935.

Police described the vandalism as a "repulsive crime" which would cause distress for relatives. They have appealed for information.

'Malicious damage'

Officers were working with Glasgow City Council bereavement services to contact the last known owners of the damaged headstones.

Det Con Stephen Cooke of Maryhill CID, said: "This is a repulsive crime which will cause a lot of distress to the relatives of the deceased.

"I would appeal to anyone who can help identify the persons responsible to contact the police as a matter of urgency".

Bailie James McNally, executive member for land and environmental services with the council, said: "It's a sad state of affairs when we have people out there who are set on causing malicious damage in a cemetery.

"This sort of mindless destruction and vandalism is appalling and I urge anyone with information to come forward."

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