Wednesday 25 April 2018

Money being raised to restore vandalised Jewish cemetery

Philadelphia Police at Mount Carmel Cemetery. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)
Philadelphia Police at Mount Carmel Cemetery. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)

Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalised at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

A man visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery on Sunday called police to report that three of his relatives' headstones had been knocked over and damaged.

The discovery came less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri.

Police say approximately 100 additional headstones were knocked over, apparently sometime after dark on Saturday.

Police are conducting a criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says authorities are doing everything possible to find those "who desecrated this final resting place".

The Anti-Defamation League and a police union are offering a 13,000 US dollars (£10,000) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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