Graves at a Blackpool cemetery which have been damaged by yobs are being left in a state of disrepair because of the huge cost of fixing them.
Local resident Barry McCann, who lives in Marton, said he was disappointed to see the number of broken gravestones at Marton Burial Ground, on Preston New Road, on a recent walk.
Members of St Paul’s Church, which owns the cemetery, said the latest damage is nothing new, with vandals having previously knocked over headstones, breaking some of them.
And Father Christopher Wren, vicar at St Paul’s, said finances are limited and it would cost hundreds of thousands to fix them all.
Mr McCann, who has tended to some of the graves at the site for years, said he hoped something could be done about the state of some of the gravestones.
He added: “I hadn’t been in for a while and I just could not believe what I saw.
“It has been targeted by vandals a few times over the years. Some of the graves have been like that for some time but some are more recent.”
Fr Wren said: “Several of the stones have been laid flat for health and safety reasons by me.”
However, he acknowledged a number of others had been intentionally damaged.
He said: “It is sad people in the past have felt the need to go in and vandalise them and I understand the distress some people feel when they see it.
“But there is a limit to what you can do with our finances and my hands are tied legally.”
Fr Wren has a duty to comply with health and safety rules, but the stones remain the property of the families of the deceased.