Moray cemetery headstones are daubed with spray paint

Headstones at Elgin Cemetery daubed with paint
Headstones at Elgin Cemetery daubed with paint

MORAY COUNCIL AND local police are appealing for information after a particularly odious piece of vandalism at a graveyard in Elgin.

Three headstones at the Cemetery on Linkwood Road were daubed with paint with council officials believing the vandals struck at some point over the weekend.

It is not the first time that the local community has been shocked by vandals attacking headstones in the Moray town.  In 2011, around 50 headstones at the Elgin Cemetery were vandalised in a mindless act that led to four teenage boys aged 14 and 15 being charged.

The following year a further attack saw 20 headstones toppled at the same cemetery.

Lands and Parks officer for Moray Council, Ken Kennedy, said of the latest attack: “It’s a particularly depressing act of vandalism for which words are really difficult to come to mind.

“We have no idea who the perpetrator was, we have reported it to police and they are in the middle of making families aware of what has happened.”

Investigating officer is PC Brian Donaldson, who said: “This mindless act has been committed by someone with no concern for the emotional impact their behaviour has had on families who wish to pay respect to their loved ones.”

Anyone who has information on those responsible for the attack is being asked to contact police on 101 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.