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Rowley Regis Cemetery memorials vandalised

Rowley Regis Crematorium Image copyright Sandwell Council
Image caption Memorials in the Garden of Remembrance were attacked

About 70 memorials at a West Midlands cemetery have been wrecked in a "vile" attack, Sandwell Council said.

The attack on memorials at Rowley Regis Cemetery and Crematorium in Sandwell was discovered by staff earlier.

The Garden of Remembrance memorials have had their fascias ripped off while many had "their precious contents strewn over the ground".

Council leader Darren Cooper appealed for people to help a police and council investigation.

"This is a despicable act of vandalism and our first thoughts are with the families affected by this crime," he said.

"Our cemetery staff are contacting relatives to let them know what has happened and we are working with the police to track down the person or people who did this."

'Very distressing'

Sgt Cheryl Reed, from the Blackheath and Rowley Regis neighbourhood policing team, said: "It seems mindless vandalism was the only motive as nothing appears to have been stolen.

"It will no doubt be very distressing for the families whose loved ones' memorials have been attacked."

The damaged part of the cemetery was sealed off to allow forensic examinations to take place. Anyone with information was urged to contact West Midlands Police.

Families can also contact Sandwell Council's bereavement team at the cemetery.

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