Synagogue hit by graffiti

September 19, 2008
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A firework was aimed at members of a strictly Orthodox North Manchester synagogue last weekend, and antisemitic graffiti scrawled on its window.

A rocket was lobbed from a passing car as members of Beis Mordechai Synagogue in Prestwich gathered outside after evening prayers on Sunday, and the words "scruffy Jewish Basterd [sic]" were scrawled across a window.

Police are treating the graffiti as racially aggravated criminal damage, but the firework attack was not thought specifically to target Jewish people.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "As a result of the incidents, and in preparation for the Jewish holidays, GMP is providing extra patrols in the area to reassure residents."

Last updated: 4:49pm, August 17 2009