Muslim graves hit for third time

Vandals have targeted Muslim graves at a south Manchester cemetery for the third time in two months. More than 20 headstones at the Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road were pushed over in what police are treating as a racially-motivated attack. The offenders struck sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, a police spokesman confirmed. Det Ch Insp Steve Eckersley called it “mindless racist behaviour” that was being treated as a hate crime. On 29 September, 26 Muslim headstones were vandalised and three days later 27 were targeted. Police have now increased their patrols in the area.

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