British WWI tombs smashed in N France

2nd December 2003, Comments 0 comments

ARRAS, France, Dec 2 (AFP) - The graves of 10 British soldiers killed during World War I were vandalised last weekend in a military cemetery near this northern French town, police said Tuesday.

ARRAS, France, Dec 2 (AFP) - The graves of 10 British soldiers killed during World War I were vandalised last weekend in a military cemetery near this northern French town, police said Tuesday.

Their tombstones were broken or pulled out of the ground and some were stolen, police said.

The site, the Hibers Trench cemetery, is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and holds the remains of 133 British and three Canadians soldiers, most of them killed during a German offensive in the area in April 1917.

Police said they had taken shoe prints from near the desecrated graves and were looking for the perpertrators.

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