Muslim graves attacked by vandals

Gravestones in the Muslim section of a Bradford cemetery have been attacked and damaged by vandals. Police have appealed for information and witnesses after vandals knocked over headstones at the Bowling Cemetery in Rooley Lane, Brierley.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers and council park rangers were now patrolling the area in an effort to deter further attacks. House to house inquiries have also been carried out in the area.

Insp Suzanne Akeroyd said: “This type of damage causes great distress to surviving family members, and so we are working closely with Bradford Council to catch the culprits and prevent any further damage.”

BBC News, 30 November 2006

Update:  See “Fury as vandals target Muslim graves”, Northern Echo, 1 December 2006