'Despicable' vandals damage graves at Chatham Cemetery

Damaged graves
Image caption Children's graves were among those damaged

About 30 graves at a cemetery in Kent have been desecrated by vandals in what police described as a "despicable" act.

Children's graves were among those damaged, and items placed on them were set alight.

Ornaments including that were left around other graves were also broken.

The destruction happened at Chatham Cemetery, off Maidstone Road, between 22:00 BST on Monday and 07:40 the following day.

"This is senseless and despicable vandalism and has quite understandably caused terrible distress to those who visit the cemetery to grieve," Pc Timothy Marshall of Kent Police said.

Anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact the force.

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