Police have condemned vandals who have attacked graves at a Birmingham church.
Police are investigating the vandalism at St Mary’s Church, Hamstead Road, Handsworth, in which gravestones were toppled and graffiti was daubed on the church building.
Officers believe the crime happened some time between Friday and Sunday.
Inspector Danielle Corfield, head of police in the area, described the crime as ‘despicable’ and appealed for information on those responsible.
“This is a despicable act which strikes at the heart of the Handsworth community.
“Many people from the area, including those who have loved-ones interred at the graveyard, will be very upset by this incident.
“I would like to assure them that we are doing everything we can to find those responsible and would ask for the support of local people in bringing those responsible to justice.”
Forensic examiners have visited the site in a search for clues and officers have increased patrols in the area.
Anyone with information on those responsible for the crime is asked to contact their local police station or call the national charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.