Gravestones damaged in Co Tyrone

Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014
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Police are treating damage to a number of gravestones in Cookstown, Co Tyrone as a hate crime.

Gravestones damaged in Co Tyrone
Damage to the grave sites. (© UTV)

It happened at a cemetery at Drum Road at about 3.35am on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson said: "It is believed that graffiti was spray painted and scraped onto the gravestones. At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime."

Six men - two aged 21, two aged 20, and two aged 19 - were detained in the area on suspicion of criminal damage. They were all later released unconditionally.

Ulster Unionist Assembly Member, Sandra Overend MLA, said: "I am utterly appalled to hear that gravestones in the Drum Road graveyard have been vandalised with Republican graffiti in a sickening, overnight hate crime.

"This is first and foremost and attack on the families of those who are buried there, and my sympathies are with them at this time. It is also an attack on the entire community in Mid-Ulster, who have been let down by these mindless thugs.

"It is shocking to think that these types of crimes are still being carried out."

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4 Comments
GBW001 in Far Far Away wrote (51 days ago):
One word... SICK... there is no excuse for this behaviour... I hope anyone who desecrates graves or places of worship is punished by the justice system and the communities they bring shame on...
Des in Co Derry wrote (51 days ago):
Im sure everyone from a Nationalist background like myself will condemn this sttack. Hope these thugs get locked up for this.
Joe in Newcastle wrote (51 days ago):
No need for this thuggery hope these people are charged for this sectarian act.
Ger in Lurgan wrote (51 days ago):
There is so much hatred in some peoples hearts it is difficult to comprehend. What did they hope to achieve by desecrating graves? Their parents also need to have a hard look at their own consciences.
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