Heartless joyriders drove a car into a new section of Derry’s City Cemetery and torched it just yards from where people have been laid to rest.
The shocking episode unfolded on Tuesday evening at the lower end of the cemetery.
The burnt out shell of the three-door silver car was still there this morning as the first relatives arrived to pay their respects to their loved ones after the gates opened at 8am.
Sinn Féin Councillor for the Brandywell area Patricia Logue slammed those responsible for the arson attack, which occurred close to the Lone Moor Road entrance.
Councillor Logue said: “This is shock and anger in the local community on hearing the news of a car being set on fire in the new section of the City Cemetery along the Lone Moor Road.
“There have been a number of incidents of vandalism in the cemetery over recent years but this is taking it to a whole new level.
“I would appeal for it to stop immediately and if anybody knows who was involved to hand that information into the council and the police straight away because we want this to stop.”