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Appeal after Jewish Cemetery in Whitefield was damaged

Police investigating damage to a Jewish Cemetery in Whitefield are treating it as a hate crime.

Shortly before 9pm on Saturday 9 February 2019, police were called to Old Hall Lane in Whitefield to reports that a Jewish Cemetery had been vandalised sometime between midday on Friday 8 February and early morning on Saturday 9 February.

Officers attended and found that three separate chapels within the cemetery had been damaged – including a prominent headstone.

Two windows were smashed along with a number of sinks and CCTV was also stolen from within one of the chapels.

A full investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Superintendent Paul Walker, of GMP’s Bury division, said: “We have launched an investigation and whilst the CCTV has been destroyed by the offenders - clearly in an attempt to cover their tracks - I can assure you that we have a team of dedicated officers working to piece together exactly what happened in an attempt to find those responsible.

“I understand that this incident will have caused distress to many members of our community and we are working alongside our partners including Community Security Trust to ensure that those affected are fully supported.

“We are treating this incident as a hate crime and I want to send a clear message that incidents of this nature will never be tolerated in our communities. I would encourage anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8172 quoting incident number 2282 of 09/02/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

© Greater Manchester Police 2019