Cilla Black and Ken Dodd’s gravestone vandalised with ‘offensive’ graffiti by yobs at Liverpool cemetery

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CILLA Black and Ken Dodd's gravestones have been vandalised with "offensive" graffiti by yobs at a cemetery in Liverpool.

The showbiz legends were laid to rest in their home cities at Allerton Cemetery, Merseyside - but their graves were targeted by yobs overnight on Monday.

The space where Ken Dodd's gravestone was in Allerton Cemetery - before it was removed for cleaning

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The space where Ken Dodd's gravestone was in Allerton Cemetery - before it was removed for cleaningCredit: Maverick Photography

Cilla Black's grave was also defaced

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Cilla Black's grave was also defacedCredit: PA:Press Association

Sir Ken's gravestone was vandalised by yobs

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Sir Ken's gravestone was vandalised by yobs Credit: Getty - Contributor

Sir Ken’s gravestone has had to be removed by the council to be repaired.

The comedian, famous for his Diddy Men and tickling stick, passed away in March 2018 aged 90 - two days after marrying Anne Jones, 78, his partner of 40 years.

Cilla died from a stroke aged 72 in August 2015 at her villa in Spain after losing her balance and falling while sunbathing.

Cilla’s headstone was able to be repaired on site - and it’s the second time the singer’s grave was targeted.

In December 2015 - just four months after she was laid to rest - thieves trashed her memorial and stole the brass plaque marking where she was buried.

It’s understood both families have been made aware of the recent vandalism and Liverpool Council are working to replace Sir Ken’s as soon as possible.

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A council spokesman said: “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.”

The Surprise! Surprise! star Cilla was buried just feet from her parents’ graves and her headstone is a marble memorial which describes her as a “devoted mother and grandmother”.

Her headstone carries her name “Cilla Black OBE” and reads: “Beloved wife of Bobby, Devoted mother and grandmother.

"She celebrated life to the living of it and loved to entertain.”

The headstone also features lyrics from some of Cilla’s most famous songs, Step Inside Love, Alfie and You’re My World.

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Sir Ken was laid to rest alongside his mother Sarah and father Arthur in a private burial service.

Merseyside Police have been approached for comment.

Cilla Black's grave was also defaced by the yobs

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Cilla Black's grave was also defaced by the yobs Credit: Maverick Photography

Sir Ken Dodd's gravestone had to be removed for cleaning

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Sir Ken Dodd's gravestone had to be removed for cleaningCredit: Maverick Photography

Thieves trashed Cilla Black's grave four months after she was laid to rest

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Thieves trashed Cilla Black's grave four months after she was laid to restCredit: Maverick Photography
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