– Cllr Vince Maple, Chatham Central ward councillor, Labour
This incident is totally unacceptable and I would urge anyone with information to contact the police on 101. I visited the cemetery this morning and spoke with families there who were very angry at those who have carried out this incident.
I would also want to thank council officers who have dealt with this situation in a very professional and sensitive manner."
– Investigating officer, PC Timothy Marshall of Kent Police
This is senseless and despicable vandalism and has quite understandably caused terrible distress to those who visit the cemetery to grieve.
We are working with the families to identify damaged items and would ask anybody who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour before, during or after the incident, or who has any information, to come forward.'
Kent police are appealing for witnesses after thirty graves, including those of children, were vandalised in Chatham. Items such as flowers or toys, had been broken or damaged, while several items placed on children's graves in a designated part of the cemetery had been set alight.
It is believed the offence took place between 10pm on 17 June and 7.38am the following day.