Commissioner condemns anti-Semitic attack at Jewish cemetery

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has condemned an anti-Semitic attack at a graveyard in north Manchester.

On Monday 23 June, gravestones were found toppled at the Jewish Cemetery on Rochdale Road with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti daubed on them.

Tony Lloyd said: “All right-thinking people will find this incomprehensible. The desecration of any grave goes against all of the values of decency that our society is based on. It is a violation which has been motivated by hatred; it is the ultimate act of disrespect.

“We all join with the Jewish community to express our outrage, and our solidarity.

“This vile crime cannot go unpunished. If anyone has any information about this appalling act they have a duty to go to police.

“Both GMP and I will be working with the Jewish communities in the coming days to reassure them not just that police are taking action but also that the wider community stands shoulder to shoulder with them.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.   

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