VANDALS, who defaced a pair of special cemetery post boxes, have been condemned as ‘cruel’ by North Down MLAs.

The post boxes, located in cemeteries at Clandeboye and Movilla, allow mourners to post ‘letters to heaven’ after losing a loved one.

However the white post boxes were recently vandalised with black spray paint, with damage also caused to the information sign about the post box.

Ards and North Down Council has informed the PSNI of the incident and passed over CCTV footage to them. The signs and post box will be repainted.

Expressing his ‘anger’ about the incidents, DUP MLA Stephen Dunne said it was a disgraceful act of vandalism and it is beyond comprehension how anyone could deface a post box which is designed to bring comfort to those who are grieving. 

“It is very alarming that both pots boxes were attacked in Bangor and Newtownards,” he said. “I am pleased that council have confirmed they are restoring these as soon as possible, particularly given the sentimental value and sensitivity of them.

“I understand that council have CCTV and I hope that those responsible for this act of vandalism can be brought to justice for their actions.”

Also condemning those responsible, North Down MLA Alex Easton stated that the act had been ‘cruel’.

“This act of vandalism was a very cruel thing to do as it has caused hurt to those families who use the Heaven post box as a source of comfort and to express their love and loss to a deceased family member,” the Independent Unionist said.

“I condemn those responsible as their act was wicked and not particularly clever,” he continued.

“I would urge anyone with information on those responsible to report it to the council and I have asked the council to clean the paint of the Heaven post box.”