A MUM was left distraught after her parents’ grave was attacked for the third time in a year.
Vandals struck at Whitburn Cemetery, Mill Lane, where Barbara Isobel and John William Bell are buried together.
Over the festive holidays they defaced the headstone and scratched and cracked the granite structure.
The headstone had only been replaced by the couple’s family last year, after it was damaged last March, and again in August.
Daughter Jacqueline Bell said: “They have defaced the engraving on my mother’s name.
“How anyone can even think about doing anything like this is beyond belief, and it is so disrespectful.
“It is bad enough going to see your mam and dad’s grave without having to see that.
“None of the other graves in the cemetery have been touched, just this one.”
Mrs Bell, a 38-year-old mum-of-three, said her parents had no enemies.
Her father worked at Whitburn Quarry for more than 20 years, while her mum worked at a fish and chip shop in Whitburn, and also as a cleaner.
She added: “They were harmless, hard–working people. We don’t understand why this has happened again.”
Mr Bell was 76 when he died last August. He was buried next to his wife, who died 13 years ago, aged 61. The couple had five daughters.
The family paid about £1,000 to have the headstone replaced after damage was caused last August, when vandals ripped up a card, left with flowers by the graveside.
Granddaughter Kimberley Bell, 18, said: “It is really appalling, and upsetting that someone can do this.
“It keeps happening again and again. We’ve had enough and we just want it to stop.”
Police have stepped up patrols and are investigating the damage, which was caused between midnight on Sunday, December 25, and 2pm on Tuesday, December 27.