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Kent cemetery attacked

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2003-12-03

Headstone damaged in Chatham, Kent

Damaged headstone in Chatham

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack last month on a cemetery in Kent, in which the only section to be damaged was the Jewish area.

A total of 21 headstones at Chatham Cemetery were knocked over causing damage to the stones and surrounding area which has been a resting place for deceased members of the local Jewish community for nearly 25 years.

The incident occured on 21 November at the municipal cemetery which is run by Medway Borough Council and divided into sections for different faiths.

“The people who damaged the headstones showed their intent by only targeting the Jewish section of the cemetery," said a Community Security Trust (CST) spokesman. "This is a deplorable act, which is particularly distressing for the family members of those whose loved ones graves have been damaged. We urge anyone who may have any information about this to contact the police or the CST."

The attacks follows a number of other desecrations of Jewish cemeteries across the UK in 2002 and 2003.

The CST can be reached on 020 8457 9999.