Around 12 grave plots were left vandalised or damaged at Edmonton Cemetery.

Gravestones, statues and general plot of land was found damaged after police were called on August 13 to reports that several graves had been vandalised in Edmonton Cemetery, Enfield.

Police believe the offences occurred at some point between August 10 and August 13. One cemetery plot holder, a 51-year-old from Edmonton, became aware of the situation at the evening of August 13 and said she was “mortified” from the damages she found to her grandparents’ memorial.

The plot holder found the marble base of her grandparent’s burial spot shattered into six pieces. Shortly after, she became aware that she was not the only plot holder targeted as someone else found a Virgin Mary statue slightly broken.

The holder, who has visited the cemetery to see family for 30 years, said: “I have to pay for it myself now. It never dawned on me that this was something I’d have to insure, and I cannot leave it like that forever. It’s despicable that people would do that.”

Officers investigated the scene and liaised with Enfield Council during this time.

An Enfield Council spokesperson said: “We utterly condemn the mindless vandalism which took place at Edmonton Cemetery and our sympathy goes out to all families affected at this difficult time.

"We would urge anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the police so the culprits can be dealt with appropriately.

They added: “We have written to grave owners affected to advise them of this incident.”

Police officers have since closed the case due to a lack of evidence available to help track the offenders.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “The investigation can be re-opened should any new evidence become available.”