Vandals smash headstones at Portsmouth cemetery

DISRESPECTFUL One of the damaged gravestones at Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth
DISRESPECTFUL One of the damaged gravestones at Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth
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VANDALS have smashed graves at Kingston Cemetery leaving mourners upset and angry.

Several headstones in the Portsmouth graveyard have been destroyed.

The mess was discovered by Stephen Chang, from North End, when he was visiting his friend’s grave.

He said: ‘I was going into the cemetery and was stopped by people and told about what had happened.

‘When I saw the graves smashed I was disgusted.’

Entire headstones had been smashed, keepsakes destroyed and statues pushed over.

Mr Chang said: ‘My friends and family are buried there and if it was their graves I would be very angry.’

Other families have reported damage to graves as well and Portsmouth City Council has expressed its apologies to anyone with relatives whose plots have been affected.

Gerry O’Brien, Portsmouth City Council’s cemeteries manager said: ‘Our thoughts are with the families.

‘Very few plots were affected and this type of incident in Portsmouth cemeteries is rare because we make every effort to keep the sites as secure as possible with regular visits from staff.

‘Gates are locked at night and we have two lodges within Kingston Cemetery with residents who keep an eye out for any undesirable behaviour.’

Hampshire police have not been contacted about the incidents.

The News reported in January that the grave of 18-month-old Anna Hider at Kingston cemetery had been attacked by vandals.