(JTA) — More than 30 headstones were toppled and smashed at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester, England.
The vandalism at the Urmston Jewish Cemetery discovered this week comes after two other reports of similar damage on May 7 and May 14, in which 22 headstones were toppled, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
Police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes, according to the report, and are viewing security camera footage. Police patrols in the area have been increased, the London-based Jewish News reported.
The most recent attack, reported on Sunday, caused “thousands of pounds of damage,” Councilwoman Joanne Harding said in a tweet.
Harding visited the cemetery and its caretaker showed her the damage.
“Imagine going to see your relatives graves and find it trashed and disrespected,” she also tweeted.
Just been to inspect Urmston Jewish Cemetery with care taker. Imagine going to see your relatives graves and find it trashed and disrespected . Thousands of pounds worth of damage . Meeting police to review security . ( they were happy for me to share pictures to raise awareness) pic.twitter.com/AheWul1c0u
— (((Joanne Harding))) (@Joanne13Harding) June 12, 2018