It has been a really uplifting thing to watch a community battered into the floor again coil up like a spring and come back flying
Harry Johnston, who helped organise yesterday’s mass clean-up, said it was “heartwarming” to watch a “battered” community unite over the attack.
He said: “These people have done a sterling job. We’ve had people from all different walks of society here – including Muslims, Christians and volunteers from Greater Manchester Police.
“A chap in a dog collar brought a whole bunch of people straight from a service down the road.
“It has been a really uplifting thing to watch a community battered into the floor again coil up like a spring and come back flying.”
A refrigerator, a settee and a mattress were among the items dumped in the grounds of the cemetery on Rochdale Road in Blackley, Greater Manchester that volunteers cleaned up.
The damaged graves will take longer to repair and is the responsibility of the families affected. But Mr Johnston said wrecked children’s graves from the 1900s would be paid for by NMJCT.
He continued: “I was extremely upset by the attack and felt terrible for the families turning up after it happened.
“But the community has come out on top.”
Details have been revealed as faith leaders issued a joint statement condemning the cowardly attack.
Police believe the cemetery rampage was carried out between 4pm on Sunday, June 22 and 3.30pm the following day, when it was discovered.
Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence on Friday. They have been bailed until July 25 pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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