War graves in Belfast cemetery desecrated

Tuesday 22 April 2014 18.54
Police are treating the attacks as criminal damage
Police are treating the attacks as criminal damage

More than a dozen graves of soldiers killed in both world wars have been desecrated in Northern Ireland.

One of the headstones in Belfast's City Cemetery was "smashed to bits" while 13 others were also targeted in acts of vandalism over the past week, according to investigators.

A Cross of Sacrifice war memorial at the burial grounds at Falls Road in the west of the city has also been extensively covered in graffiti.

Expletives and anti-police slogans were daubed on the cross.

Police said they are treating the attacks as criminal damage.

It is believed the graves were targeted between last Tuesday, 15 April, and today.

The damage was restricted to a section of the cemetery for the war dead from both World War I and World War II.

The PSNI has appealed to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the cemetery over the past week to contact them.