Vandals damage machinery at Londonderry cemetery

Vandals have caused up to £2,000 worth of damage to construction vehicles which were parked in a cemetery in Londonderry.

Police said the windows of mechanical diggers were smashed at the cemetery on Lone Moor Road sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue said vandals had gone on a "wrecking spree" on "consecrated ground".

She said there was "no excuse for this wanton act of vandalism".

The councillor said the machinery was being used to construct a new section of the City Cemetery.

Appeal

She claimed those responsible for attacking the vehicles also damaged some of the construction work.

The project is due to be completed within months.

Ms Logue appealed for anyone with information about the attack to come forward immediately.

"There are bigger questions as a society to ask such as why people think it's OK to climb into the confines of the cemetery which is consecrated ground and go on a wrecking spree," she said.

A police spokesperson said witnesses should contact officers at Strand Road PSNI station.