Muslim graves vandalised

Up to 20 Muslim graves have been targeted and vandalised at a south Manchester cemetery.

The callous vandals struck at the Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road sometime overnight between Thursday 1 October 2009 and the following morning.

Staff arrived at the cemetery to find up to 20 gravestones had been deliberately pushed over, and a number had broken.

The vandalism is being treated as racially motivated as only a Muslim section of graves were targeted.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Detective Constable Rob Southern said: “This is the worst sort of vandalism imaginable. The graves of your loved ones should be a place where they can rest peacefully and that is absolutely sacrosanct.

“The families of those whose graves have been vandalised will be rightly traumatised and deeply upset. If we do catch the people who committed these atrocious acts, then they should be made to see the grief and pain they have caused.

“Sadly, we are treating this as a hate crime as only the Muslim section of gravestones were attacked. This sort of mindless, racist behaviour must be utterly condemned and I’m sure the whole community will be outraged.

“That is why it is so important we find the culprits. Please, if you do know who was responsible then call us because this is a very serious crime and the families who have suffered such indignity deserve justice.”

Anyone with information should call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 6151 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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