Police and Crime Commissioner commends ‘remarkable community spirit’ in the wake of criminal Jewish cemetery vandalism
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has paid tribute to the local community in Blackley after local residents, community groups and councillors came together for a clean-up at a Jewish cemetery vandalised last weekend.
Members of the local community, volunteers from the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust, and Tony gathered at the cemetery off Rochdale Road on Sunday for the clean-up following an anti-Semitic attack on the gravestones of Jewish family members.
Since the criminal vandalism occurred, religious and community groups from across Greater Manchester have come together to condemn the damage and Greater Manchester Police have since arrested two teenagers on suspicion of causing the destruction. As well as paying tribute to the remarkable community spirit shown by those who came together to help with the clean up, Tony has urged everyone to come together to ensure the perpetrators are made to face the full consequences of their actions, and ensure such an event never occurs again.
“The attack which took place in Blackley was deplorable, and Greater Manchester Police are determined to catch those responsible. Anti-Semitism will not be tolerated anywhere in Greater Manchester and the perpetrators will be made to face the full consequences of their criminal actions.
“Any right thinking member of our community would never consider vandalising the graves of loved ones. The emotional damage caused by these individuals is something that we can hardly imagine. That’s why it’s only right everyone came together to help at the weekend, and I was keen to do my bit too.
“Since this occurred, we have shown that everyone in Greater Manchester stands together to condemn this kind of behaviour and prevent it from ever happening again”. Tony Lloyd
Greater Manchester Police are continuing to appeal for information on the damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact GMP on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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