Grantham cemetery: Police say ‘we will deal with those responsible’ as fourth arrest made

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A FOURTH person has been arrested after Grantham cemetery was attacked on Saturday night.

The 16-year-old is the third teenager to have been arrested this week, with a 21-year-old having been arrested yesterday.

All four of those arrested have been released on police bail while officers conduct further enquiries.

More than 50 headstones were smashed over and the mementos were stolen or smashed from countless other graves.

Tearful families who visited the graves of loved ones on Sunday were met by a scene one onlooker described as like a “bomb site”.

The graves targeted were furthest from the cemetery entrance, towards the Hills and Hollows area.

Graves damaged ranged from those of new-born babies to a Grantham war veteran.

Police attended the scene on Sunday morning after the vandalism was reported by people who had gone to visit the graves of loved ones.

Those responsible are also suspected of damaging cars in the area and smashing the window of a home near the Harrowby Road entrance to the cemetery.

Lincolnshire Police are warning people against spreading false rumours and about the culprits.

Insp James Trafford said: “I appreciate that this is a sensitive and extremely distressing crime and that people are understandably very upset.

“Grantham police have been working throughout the past 48 hours on this case to ensure that the offenders are brought to justice. Four people have been arrested and are on bail whilst we continue to investigate and await results from forensic evidence that has been recovered.

“It is important that residents allow the police to deal with those persons responsible for this crime and do not become involved with inaccurate rumour and accusation against persons that have no involvement.”

Officers ask that anyone who has had damage caused to their property in connection with this incident to please make contact.

Police will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area and are able to offer victim support to people.