Council officials are investigating after a bench was partially dismantled and a fire was started at a cemetery in Worthing.
The vandalism at Broadwater Cemetery took place sometime over the last two days and the police have been informed, a council spokesman said.
A spokesman for Worthing Borough Council said; “It is distressing that some mindless individuals have seen fit to disrespect a place that is about remembrance, peace and tranquillity.
“We ask anyone who may know something about this to contact Sussex police.”
Previous vandalism at the cemetery has led to it being locked at night, the spokesman said.