Several trees at Tavistock Cemetery are now 'likely to die' after they were attacked by someone using a drill and poison. According to Devon and Cornwall Police, vandals have severely damaged the trees by drilling holes deep into their roots in the past week.

They then poured a poisonous substance down the holes in order to kill them. Investigating officers are now appealing for help in tracking down the person or persons responsible.

A statement released on the Tavistock Police Facebook page reads: 'Trees attacked at Tavistock Cemetery: — Some trees have been severely damaged and are likely to die after holes were drilled into the roots of trees and poison poured into them at Plymouth Road Cemetery.'

If anyone has seen any suspicious activity in the area or has information which could help police with their investigation is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101 or use their web chat facility online quoting 50230189290.