Police officers were called to Dunfermline Cemetery on Saturday, May 1, just after 10am, where anti-lockdown messages and swearwords had been scrawled across the infant memorials in spray paint.
One message made references to “covid hoax” while others had vile phrases painted on.
Residents banded together to clean the graffiti and restore the headstones to good conditions, with several taking to social media to share their thanks to those who helped and condemn the disgusting act.
One person wrote: “Well done to all involved in the cleanup! Still can’t get my head around why someone would think that this is ok. They have obviously never felt the hurt and grief from losing someone close.”
Another said: “Really sad that someone would do this. Absolutely disgraceful act of disrespect. Well done to all who have restored faith in humanity and helped to put this right. Fantastic effort.”
Police confirmed yesterday that an investigation was underway following the act and are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Around 10.05 am on Saturday, 1 May, 2021, police were contacted in regard to vandalism at a baby memorial within Dunfermline Cemetery, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline.
"Officers have attended and the graffiti has been removed.
"Enquiries, which are at a very early stage, are continuing.
"Anyone with information should contact officers in Dunfermline police office via 101 quoting reference number 1139 of May 1."