Vandals targeted the Blackley Jewish cemetery in North Manchester, England twice in two weeks, causing an estimated £100,000 of damage.
The Jewish Chronicle reported that about 56 graves were damaged, including seven belonging to one family, in an attack believed to have taken place the night of June 22. Some stones were toppled; some were smashed.
Swastikas and antisemitic graffiti were also painted and scratched onto historic headstones dating back to the 1900s.
Vandals’ footprints still remain stamped on top of some graves, evidence of the running kicks required to knock down the heavy headstones.
The JC reported that swastikas and other anti-Jewish graffiti had taken place at the cemetery two weeks earlier.
British MP Eric Pickles, the British Communities Secretary, condemned the attack as “a truly appalling and sickening crime which has shocked the entire community.”
He said police investigations were ongoing and extra patrols were being deployed to the area over the coming days.