Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Vandals desecrate headstones in Edinburgh cemetery

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at a cemetery in Edinburgh.

A total of 23 headstones have been damaged and toppled over at Mount Vernon Cemetery in the Liberton area of the capital.

Police officers said they are keen to trace a group of men seen in the area at about 2300 BST on Thursday.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "This is a shocking act of disrespect and will no doubt cause distress to a number of families, and the total cost of the damage caused could reach thousands of pounds.

"These headstones are big and heavy, and would have taken some degree of force to shift, so it could not have been done quickly or very quietly.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area last night, and who saw something suspicious, to get in touch with police."

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