LONDON: At least ten graves in the Muslim section of a cemetery in Nottingham have been vandalised in a hate crime that took place in the wake of the terror attack in Tunisia in which 38 people, mostly Britons, lost their lives.
Damage caused to graves in the Muslim section of a cemetery in the wake of the Tunisia terror attack claimed by the Islamic State has been condemned as an attempt to divide communities.
Nottingham city council said it was treating the damage to at least 10 plots at High Wood cemetery in Bulwell as a hate crime.
Nottinghamshire police have stepped up patrols at the cemetery and other sites after name plaques and decorative lights on Muslim and non-Muslim plots were damaged at the weekend.
The council's deputy leader, Graham Chapman, was quoted by Press Association as saying, "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 Nottinghamshire 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 was quoted as saying.
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.