A CLEAN-UP operation has been scheduled for a Bishop Auckland cemetery which has fallen victim to continued vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Councillors and residents were last week left horror-stricken after 30 gravestones in Bishop Auckland Town Cemetery were pulled up and damaged.

Durham County Councillor Tanya Tucker worked with town council colleague, Cllr Leanda Chappell, on the initial clear-up ahead.

County council officers have since been back to reset the historic stones.

Now Cllr Tucker is calling on members of the public to help with a litter pick which will take place at the cemetery at midday on Wednesday, June 13.

She said: “Please come and help if you can. I’m arranging for bags and sticks from Durham County Council. Everyone is welcome.”

Cllrs Tucker and Chappell were alerted to the vandalism on Wednesday, May 30, when a dog walker came across the porcelain memorials strewn around the burial ground.

The cemetery has fallen victim to vandalism for a number of years, including most recently the destruction of a baby’s grave last month.

Speaking last week, Cllr Tucker said: “For a cemetery to suffer this kind of destruction is beyond bad.

“I couldn’t speak and I cried.”