Hunt for 'appalling' vandals who pushed over 20 headstones

The headstones at a West Lothian cemetery were pushed over sometime between July 19 and 20.

Hunt for vandals who pushed over 20 headstones at Manse Road Cemetery, Whitburn West Lothian Council

A hunt has been launched for “appalling” vandals who pushed over 20 headstones in a West Lothian cemetery.

Graves at Manse Road Cemetery in Whitburn were targeted between 12pm on Tuesday and 10am on Wednesday.

While none headstones were significantly damaged, arrangements to have them all reinstated is set to cost the council over £3,600.

Executive councillor for the environment and sustainability, Tom Conn, said: “It’s absolutely appalling that anyone would push over headstones like this.

“It is an incredibly thoughtless act that could be extremely upsetting for the families involved and the local community.

“We would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to the council or the police, to prevent such incidents taking place in the future.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the council at 01506 280 000, or Police Scotland at 101 using reference PS-20220720-1351.