Vandals target teenager’s headstone at West Lothian cemetery

Dione's headstone was targeted by vandals
Dione's headstone was targeted by vandals
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Vandals have repeatedly damaged the headstone of tragic schoolgirl Dione Melville.

The 15-year-old, who died suddenly in March, was laid to rest next to her grandfather, Jim Jervis, in Hermand Park Cemetery, West Calder.

Her family have been left “devastated” after heartless yobs damaged the gravestone, and smashed ornaments and vases left at the resting place, on several occasions between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Her heartbroken family issued a statement through Police Scotland.

They said: “This has been soul destroying for us as a family and it feels like we’ve lost Dione all over again.

“We are absolutely devastated by this and the family has been in pieces since.

“We just want our beautiful Dione to be able to rest in peace with her grandad, and for us as a family to be able to grieve.”

Police are now hunting the vandals.

Dione passed away earlier this year after she took ill at a house in East Calder.

A boy was later charged with a drugs offence.

Dione, who was a pupil at West Calder High School, had plans to become a hairdresser and was described as a “popular girl” by her headteacher.

Inspector Drew Elliot, of Livingston Police Station, said: “This was a despicable act which has caused significant upset to a still grieving family.

“Graveyards should be a place of respect and there will be an increase in patrols in this area over the forthcoming days.

“The area is frequented by visitors and dog walkers and we’d urge anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in this time to come forward.

“I’d also ask anyone who may have information which can help with our investigation to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Cathy Muldoon, deputy leader of West Lothian council expressed her concern.

She said: “It’s absolutely disgraceful to vandalise a headstone, and we’d encourage anyone who has any information on this shocking incident to contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”