386 gravestones damaged at Jewish Cemetery
Last updated: 2003-05-09
Around 386 gravestones were damaged at Plashet Cemetery in West Ham, London on 6 May 2003.
Gravestones were pushed over and damaged causing extensive damage to this cemetery.
Mike Whine, Director of Communications for the Community Security Trust said: "The massive desecration of Plashet cemetery is unprecedented in its scale.
Although there have been numerous cemetery desecrations in previous years, none of these incidents have involved the damaging of so many headstones.
This act is obviously deeply distressing for those families who may have family members buried in this cemetery. We condemn this indiscriminate act of destruction.
If anyone has any information we urge them to contact the police or the Community Security Trust on 020 8457 9999."
Plashet Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery under the jurisdiction of the United Synagogue.
The Community Security Trust recorded 89 anti-semitic incidents in the first quarter of this year a 75% increase on the same period last year and 350 anti-semitic incidents in 2003.