Cemetery targeted - again

Kirrie cemetery vandalism.
Kirrie cemetery vandalism.

vandals run amok damaging headstones


The act prompted condemnation from local councillors and appeals for anyone with any information to come forward to assist the Police in their attempts to identify those responsible.

Last Tuesday afternoon Angus Council issued an appeal for help in tracing those responsible for what they called “a despicable act of destruction” which had taken place at Kirriemuir Cemetery over the previous weekend.

Staff discovered about a dozen toppled and damaged headstones when they arrived for work at the cemetery on the Monday morning. They were appalled by what they found.

A spokesman for the council said: “What prompts someone to act in this way is beyond our understanding. They clearly have no regard or consideration for others.

“This was a despicable act of vandalism committed with no respect whatsoever for the departed or any thought for the feelings of their descendants.

“We are sure the vast majority of people share our dismay at such actions and we hope the community can help to identify those responsible and ensure they account for their criminality.

“Anyone who knows who did this should contact Police Scotland on 101 and pass on what information they have.”

This latest incident follows last year’s vandalism of the grave of Peter Pan author J M Barrie.

On that occasion coping stones were pulled from the grave and dumped on the family plot and other areas of the cemetery.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed enquiries into the incident were ongoing.

The headstones affected dated from 1870 to 1940. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Police on the above telephone number or contact any officer.