The vandalism is being treated as a hate crime
At least ten graves in the Muslim section of a Nottingham cemetery have been vandalised in a hate crime which took place in the wake of the Tunisian terror attack.
Nottingham city council said it was treating the damage to at least 10 plots at High Wood cemetery in Bulwell as a hate crime.
The police have stepped up patrols at the burial site, and others in the area after name plaques and decorative lights on Muslim and non-Muslim plots were damaged at the weekend.
The council’s deputy leader, Graham Chapman, said: “We totally condemn what has taken place at High Wood cemetery. This irresponsible act of hatred achieves absolutely nothing.
“We will be increasing security at the cemetery and, although we cannot guarantee solving this hate crime, the council will be working with the police to do our utmost to track down the perpetrators.”
Chief Superintendent Mark Holland confirmed that the focus of the damage appeared to be on Muslim graves, and said the incident was very upsetting for the families affected.
“Nottinghamshire police has been liaising closely with the Muslim community in Nottingham since the events in Tunisia and we have been in close contact following the reports of these events,” Holland said.
“I am sure everyone in Nottinghamshire will be united in their condemnation of these actions and we would urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police immediately,” he said.
Friday’s attack saw a Tunisian student disguised as a tourist pull out a Kalashnikov assault rifle hidden inside a beach umbrella and open fire on holidaymakers at the seaside hotel, killing 38 people.
In total, 18 British nationals died in the massacre however David Cameron has said the death toll is likely to rise still further.