TWO teenagers suspected of causing criminal damage at a Wirral cemetery have been bailed as part of a police investigation.

Police were called to Flaybrick Hill Cemetery in Claughton to report that more than 100 headstones and memorials had been damaged.

It is believed a group of youths caused the damage on the evening of Thursday.

Patrols have been stepped up in the area and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

As a result of enquiries, two youths, aged 15 and 13 from the local area were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. They have been questioned by officers and bailed pending further enquiries.

Neighbourhood Sergeant for Birkenhead, Kerri Ward, said: "I want to reassure the local community that we take every incident of criminal damage extremely seriously.

"There can be nothing worse than finding the grave of a relative or loved one has been damaged and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice."

Anyone with information is asked to call officers in Birkenhead via the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.