Swastikas found carved onto door of Jewish prayer house in Liverpool cemetery
Merseyside police investigating racist graffiti in Allerton
Swastikas have been found carved into a holy area in a cemetery in Liverpool.
Two crudely drawn pieces of anti-Semitic graffiti was found on the doors of the prayer house in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.
He also said that more swastikas had been daubed on a bus stop in Green Lane, Mossley Hill. This has since been removed, and the swastikas have also been painted over.
Allerton cemetery is looked after by Liverpool city council, but it is believed that the swastikas were found away from the cemetery itself.
Mr Coleman added: “They were found over the weekend. It was probably done on Friday when everything was happening in Paris. It was reported to us on Sunday by a man who was visiting his father’s grave in the Jewish section.“We ask the community to be extra vigilant. It is a hate crime.
“The people who do this are usually quite ignorant about any of the facts they are angry about.
“If they were serious, it would not have been scratched into the doors.”
The Jewish section of the cemetery where they were found has over 1,000 graves and is a big part of Liverpool’s Jewish community.
Ian Cohen, chair of Merseyside Jewish Community, said: “The way they have been drawn gives you the indication that whoever has drawn it is particularly young or uneducated.
“In Liverpool these incidents are quite rare. During the uproar over Luciana Berger, there was no increase in graffiti over that.”
Rabbi Daniel Lieberman, of Allerton synagogue, said: “It’s a deliberate attack against the Jewish people and we are very upset about it.”
“The timing of it is very significant. The fact that Jewish people have been murdered in Paris recently.
“I think that certainly while people are not being killed on the streets in Liverpool, we know that one thing leads to another and this is very worrying.”
Merseyside police officers from the specialist Sigma Hate Crime Unit are now carrying out inquiries into both incidents.
Superintendent Jenny Sims said: “I want to reassure people that we take cases such as these extremely seriously.
“Specially trained officers are now carrying out a thorough investigation into both incidents although, at this stage, there is nothing to suggest that they are linked.
“We will not tolerate behaviour like this anywhere on Merseyside and we are determined to trace those people responsible and put them before the courts.
“We are also working closely with the Jewish community to provide reassurance and I would appeal to anyone with information about what’s happened to contact us as soon as possible.”
People can call officers via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A spokesman for Liverpool City Council, which runs the cemetery, said; “We will be sanding down the door with the graffiti and stepping up security in the cemetery.”