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Last updated: 2003-05-09

The Board of Deputies has expressed shock and outrage at the desecration of approximately 386 gravestones at Plashet Cemetery, East Ham, last night.

The desecration, which is unparalleled in its scale of damage, is being treated extremely seriously by the Police who are investigating the incident closely with the Community Security Trust. Although there have been no arrests yet, the Police have confirmed that they are treating the incident as a racially motivated attack.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented:
“We are shocked at the news of this appalling incident. We express our sympathy to all those whose family members are buried in this cemetery. We feel sure that the Police will continue in their investigations until they have tracked down those who desecrated the cemetery.

“There is no evidence of a systematic attack on the Jewish community in this area, but this underlines how the community must remain vigilant at all times.”