By Ian Hughes 16/04 Updated: 16/04 09:01
VANDALS who ran amok in a Cubbington churchyard smashing gravestones have been branded the "lowest of the low" by police.
A reward of £500 is being offered to help catch the culprits who attacked 20 graves at St Mary's on Church Hill overnight on Monday March 26 - leaving families heartbroken and with hefty bills to repair the graves of loved ones.
It comes in the wake of similar attacks which saw around 50 graves vandalised in two separate incidents at St Mary Magdalene Church in Lillington, on January 31 and February 28.
Sgt Dave Kettle of Warwickshire Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
He added: "This is the lowest of the low. A cowardly act. Someone is going to know who they are and we are linking it to the two gravestone attacks in Lillington.
"The shock of the community is shared by us and we are doing all we can to catch those responsible, including upping patrols in the area."
St Mary's Church Warden Richard Spicer added it was impossible to understand why anybody would do such a thing.
He said: "We've had incidents nearby in Lillington, and don't know if this was a copy-cat attack, or if those responsible were egged-on or just bored.
"Our thoughts are with the next of kin. The graves attacked were in the graveyard we are currently using, and there were fresh flowers on some from Mothering Sunday.
Mr Spicer added while a number of graves had been pushed over, and would probably just require re-cementing to the bases, others had actually been broken.
Cubbington parish councillor David Saul said the village was in shock.
He added: "This has affected the whole village and left people very upset and angry.
"It is an outrage. How could anyone stoop so low?
"We all want to see them caught and in my view it should carry a custodial sentence for what has been done."
Anyone with information should call Leamington Police on 01926 451111 and ask for Sgt Dave Kettle.
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