Police are hunting for vandals who are reported to have badly damaged dozens of graves at a cemetery on South Tyneside.
Headstones were knocked over in at least two separate incidents at Hebburn Cemetery in South Tyneside, Northumbria Police said.
Officers launched an appeal for information tracking down the criminals whose callous actions have left relatives of those buried at the site distraught.
Around 25 graves were trashed, ornaments were stolen and the area was left strewn with litter and dog mess.
Local widower Tommy Oughton, 82, was moved to tears as described the moment he found the grave of his late wife, Mary, had been vandalised.
A Northumbria police spokesman said they were taking the incidents "very seriously".
Cllr Moira Smith, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council said :