Ross Hussey MLA, Ulster Unionist policing spokesperson, has condemned those who brought a weapon into the City Cemetery in Londonderry.
Mr Hussey said:
"It is absolutely appalling that anyone would violate the grounds of the City Cemetery by bringing a weapon into its confines. They are beneath contempt. This has once again caused distress to the local community and the families who have loved ones buried in the cemetery.
"Given the context of the discovery of an armalite in Strabane last week which was linked to the 'new' IRA, this is a worrying development, and I will be seeking urgent clarification from the PSNI if they believe that these two discoveries are linked in any way.
"I would urge anyone who has any information to contact the PSNI immediately."