YOBS have been branded as “callous” by Essex Police after vandalising several graves in the Chadwell St Mary cemetery.
Police were called on Friday night after hearing reports that youths were damaging gravestones.
As it was dark, the police were unable to ascertain if any damage had been done but the next morning a number of relatives of loved ones rang the police to confirm that a number of the graves had been desecrated.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Six graves have been vandalised. it appears that it is the lights and trinkets surrounding graves that have been damaged.
“We will be conducting regular patrols in the area. These have been callous acts and so we appeal for any help in apprehending the perpetrators.”