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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June, 2005, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Vigil held after graveyard attack
Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich (Credit MEN)
The cemetery has been vandalised twice before
Campaigners are holding a vigil at a cemetery where about 100 Jewish graves were vandalised in a racist attack.

Headstones and graves at Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, were wrecked in the attack on Thursday morning.

It is the fourth racist attack at the cemetery, and caused damage valued at an estimated 150,000.

Geoff Brown, from Bury Unite Against Fascism, said no religious group should be allowed to feel threatened.

"I think the message is that we all have a joint responsibility here to make sure each and every community in Greater Manchester is able to feel part of this wonderful city," he said.

Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich (Credit MEN)
The headstones all had Hebrew inscriptions
The group are marking the attack with a vigil on Sunday.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman called it a "heartless offence".

Det Insp Simon Collier said: "Each grave damaged has Hebrew inscriptions on it. I think it is a racist incident.

"It is disgusting that someone could commit a crime of such a thoughtless and disrespectful nature in a place where people come to grieve and mourn the loss of their loved ones."

Several items were recovered from the scene by police, but it has not been revealed what they are.




SEE ALSO:
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09 Jun 05 |  Manchester
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21 May 05 |  Manchester
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