VANDALS have desecrated a cemetery.
Distraught relatives discovered gravestones smashed and ornaments strewn about the graveyard off Highlands Avenue, Almondbury.
They are now demanding that security is stepped up at there.
Among the gravestones wrecked was that of Huddersfield Giants player John Coletta. He was just 19 when he was killed in a car crash in November, 1997.
The Dalton teenager was a second team player tipped for a bright future in the sport.
His sister, Sharon Wood, 31, of Moldgreen, said of the culprits: "They want hanging; they really do want hanging."
A large porcelain picture of John has been smashed and a simple wooden cross was torn up and thrown away. The photo of John in his rugby strip could cost nearly £700 to replace.
Ms Wood added: "He was really well-known, he was a well-respected rugby player. I just can't believe that a lad who has done nothing but good for people is ending up in this way."
John's second sister, Catherine, 24, and parents John, 61, and Noreen, 53, all of Dalton, are distraught.
One 36-year-old mother of two from Marsden, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said her father's gravestone could only have been smashed up by a sledge- hammer.
Repair bills from two bouts of vandalism have cost her more than £500.
She added: "They smashed everything. It's wrong. We left him up there in peace. They are just doing it for kicks. They are nasty and vindictive."
A Kirklees Council spokes- man said security arrangements had been stepped up at the cemetery after the attacks.