Racist vandals target Muslim graves in Leeds cemetery

Harehills cemetery vandalisedA third attack on Muslim graves in a Leeds cemetery in nine months is being treated as “mindless racial vandalism” by police. Detectives probing the damage to 24 graves at Harehills Cemetery on Sunday night are now combing CCTV footage.

Numerous name plaques were ripped from grave marker posts and a headstone was pushed over. Other grave marker posts were pulled up and strewn about causing great distress to relatives and friends of the buried.

After the second attack on Muslim graves in September police installed covert CCTV cameras to deter further damage and that footage is being examined by North East Leeds CID and further forensic work carried out.

Yorkshire Post, 14 December 2010

The first attack on the cemetery took place in March this year.