“Despicable” vandalism at Forfar cemetery

One of the toppled headstones at Newmonthill.

One of the toppled headstones at Newmonthill.

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Inquiries are continuing into a vandalism spree that caused more than £1,000 worth of damage in Forfar’s Newmonthill Cemetery.

The incident happened some time between Friday, May 1 and 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Four headstones were toppled, two holes were punched through the machine shed roof and some of the stones on the wall alongside it were toppled.

An Angus Council spokeswoman said the damage to the roof alone will cost £1,000 to repair.

She said: “This is an appalling act of vandalism which we will be repairing as soon as possible. We will also be making every effort to be in touch with the families affected.

“We have reported this to the police and we would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with the Police by calling 101.”

Isobel Ross, Forfar Community Council chairwoman, said the act was “despicable”.

She said: “It’s despicable that people can’t rest in peace and it brings a lot of grief to families as well as some cost. It’s terrible that we still hear about this from time to time and I don’t see what they get out of it.”

Comments condemning the vandals have also been posted on the Dispatch’s Facebook page.

Jimmy Cox said: “That’s disgusting. What is wrong with these idiots?” while Fiona Reid said: “Not again! Why would anyone do that?”