UPDATE: Police arrest 21-year-old man after Grantham cemetery vandalised

Around 50 graves were vandalised at the weekend.
Around 50 graves were vandalised at the weekend.
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POLICE have made a third arrest today after more than 50 headstones were attacked at Grantham cemetery on Saturday night.

A 21-year-old Grantham man was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. A police spokesman said the man “remains in custody helping officers with enquiries”.

Two teenagers from Grantham were arrested on suspicion of desecrating graves and damaging 50 headstones at Grantham Cemetery on Sunday.

The two teenagers, aged 15 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage at the cemetery, off Harrowby Road.

The 17-year-old has been bailed until April 3 while Police conduct further enquiries.

The 15-year-old remains in custody helping officers with their enquiries

However, police are still looking for three more people believed to be involved in the incident.

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.

Insp James Trafford of Lincolnshire Police said on Sunday: “The area concerned has been subject to multiple enquiries throughout the day to recover evidence linking any suspects forensically.

“Every possible effort is being made to identify those responsible.”

Police are appealing for anyone who saw a group of around five youths in the area of the cemetery between 11pm and midnight to come forward.

You can contact police on 0300 111 0300 quoting incident number 110 of March 6.

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