Mayor condemns vandalism at Crebilly Cemetery
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Peter Johnston, has strongly condemned an incident of vandalism at a graveyard in Ballymena.
A number of graves were damaged at Crebilly Cemetery some time on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Police are investigating, and say two headstones were demolished and four others damaged.
Mayor Johnston said:
“I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. To vandalise a sacred burial ground in this way is just reprehensible and I offer my support to the families whose loved ones’ graves have been damaged.
“I would encourage anyone who has any information on this incident to share that with the PSNI without delay.”
Police in Ballymena appealed for information following the incident.
Inspector Michelle Adams said:
“Damage to any grave is absolutely despicable. A graveyard is a place where people come to pay their respects. This behaviour and the destruction of graves will have a significant impact on individuals, families and communities.
“We have launched an investigation but need help from the community to bring those responsible before the courts. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the cemetery from Monday evening through to 1pm on Tuesday, or if you have information that could assist our investigation, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 1146 of 25/05/21.
“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”