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Gravestones damaged at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

Last updated: 2003-08-05

Twenty gravestones at Rainsough cemetery, Prestwich, Manchester were damaged between 19:00hrs on 4 August 2003 and 07:30hrs on 5 August 2003.

Rainsough cemetery is a Jewish cemetery situated in the heart of the Jewish community in Manchester and is the second time the cemetery has been attacked. The Rainsough Joint Hebrew Burial Board, the authority  responsible for the cemetery, determine the value of the damage to be  approximately £10,000. There was no graffiti on the headstones.

This is the third desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the UK this year. 

A spokeswoman for the Community Security Trust said, "This is the third desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the UK this year. Rainsough cemetery is an old cemetery at the heart of the Jewish community in Manchester. Gravestones were damaged or pushed over randomly and in one case the  headstone of a baby was damaged. If anyone has any information we ask them
to contact the police at the earliest opportunity."