People were left shocked and questioning why vandals would target Cilla Black and Sir Ken Dodd's headstones in Allerton Cemetery.

Both Liverpool celebrities are buried at Allerton Cemetery, where the graves were vandalised overnight by yobs.

Sir Ken's headstone has now had to be removed from his final resting place in order to be further cleaned, while Cilla's headstone was able to be repaired on site.

A post in a community Facebook group claimed the graffiti was 'offensive' but the exact nature of the vandalism has not been confirmed.

ECHO readers were appalled at the damage and asked why anyone would leave graffiti on a gravestone.

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Linda Hermanson said: "Two of the most-loved in Liverpool and some low life does this to them, terrible."

Karen Keehn said: "Why would anyone want to do that? It's disrespectful.

"I hope whoever did this is feeling very ashamed today."

Loraine Susan Fletcher added: "Why, oh why would anyone do this awful thing?

"These are people's resting places, I just despair of people at the moment."

Many people also used it as a chance to remember how loved Sir Ken and Cilla were.

Lynda Greaves said: "Cilla Black and Ken Dodd were amazing, talented people they brought joy and happiness to a lot of people in Liverpool, where they were from, and also around the world.

"How can anyone do such a disgusting thing like this? I hope they find the people who did this - no respect."

Jean Christopher added: "Two Liverpudlians who made us proud, as they were famous from humble beginnings."

It understood both families have been made aware of the vandalism, and Liverpool Council are working to carry out repairs in a timely manner.

A council spokesperson 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.”

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Sir Ken died on March 18, 2018, aged 90, at his home in Knotty Ash, the same home in which he was born and raised.

He was laid to rest, alongside his mother Sarah and father Arthur, in a private burial service at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool.

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

Cilla passed away in August 2016 aged 72 and her headstone carries her name ‘Cilla Black OBE’ above the single word: “Singer”.

The headstone also gives her full name, Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis, nee White, and gives her date of birth and death: May 27, 1943 and August 1, 2015.

It reads: “Beloved wife of Bobby, Devoted mother and grandmother. She celebrated life to the living of it and loved to entertain.”