The graves of entertainment icons Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd have been vandalised, with reports claiming ‘offensive’ graffiti has been scrawled on their headstones.
The horrendous act was discovered this morning at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool, where the pair are buried, with council staff now carrying out repairs on the headstones.
A council spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We were appalled to discover this morning that the graves of Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd had been vandalised overnight. Staff are carrying out repairs.
‘We would urge anyone who has any information about the person or people responsible to contact the police.’
In an effort to restore the grave, Sir Ken’s headstone has been removed, while Black’s is able to be repaired onsite, according to Liverpool Echo, which cited a community Facebook post.
Fans of the pair on social media reacted to the vandalism, sharing their outrage.
One wrote alongside a news article: ‘This is so disgusting, to deface any gravestone is a vile thing to do,my oh my.’
Another asked on Twitter: ‘What the hell possesses someone to do this?’
Sadly it’s not the first time Black’s grave has been a target of vandals, after, shortly following her burial, thieves who stole a bronze plaque inscribed with her name.
Sir Ken died on March 11, 2018, at the age of 90, at his home in Knotty Ash, not long after being hospitalised for a chest infection. He was buried alongside his mother Sarah and father Arthur, in a private burial service.
Black, who died in August 2015 aged 72, was also buried near her parents’ graves, with the Blinde Date star’s headstone a marble memorial that also gives her full name, Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis.
It reads: ‘Beloved wife of Bobby, Devoted mother and grandmother. She celebrated life to the living of it and loved to entertain.’
Cilla died from a stroke following a fall at her villa in Spain, with her funeral held at St Mary’s Church, Woolton – the same church she married her late husband Bobby Willis in 1969.
Credit: Original article published here.