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Urmston Jewish cemetery headstones smashed in 'hate' attack

Damaged gravestone
Image caption Some of the headstones were left completely shattered

About 30 headstones have been pushed over and smashed at a Jewish cemetery in what police are treating as a hate crime.

Vandals targeted Urmston Jewish cemetery in Manchester on three occasions, causing £100,000 of damage.

Some of the headstones were left completely shattered.

Ian Levy, of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, described the vandalism as "the most horrific example of mindless violence I have ever seen".

He said it may have been done by "youngsters with nothing better to do" or been motivated by "anti-Semitism".

Police are yet to make any arrests following the incidents, which happened on 7 and 14 May, and 10 June.

Image caption Ian Levy described it as "mindless violence"
Image caption No arrests have been made

Urmston councillor Joanne Harding said: "I think it's shocking, disrespectful and really sad people would come and damage a cemetery where there is so much history."

The Labour councillor said there was a "real visible shock in the community" and people wanted the perpetrators to be identified.

Greater Manchester Police officers are investigating CCTV footage and have stepped up patrols in the area.

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