Two deaf stepbrothers aged 39 and 15 have been arrested on suspicion of desecrating the dead and stealing from Athens’s First Cemetery last week.

Police said they believe that since last March the pair broke into the cemetery at least four times, destroying more than 60 graves and stealing some votive offerings.

The two are also accused of digging up bodies in the Jewish section of the cemetery and throwing some of the deceased’s bones into garbage bins.

Officers said the two suspects were caught red-handed in possession of two icons that they had stolen.