Police investigating an "odious" attack on a Jewish cemetery in Greater Manchester considers it a hate crime.

The vandals targeted three chapels at Phillips Park in Whitefield, Bury, and destroyed a prominent tombstone, two windows, and several sinks.

CCTV equipment was also stolen from one of the buildings to hide the attack, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Rabbi Shmuli Brown tweeted footage of the damage after his discovery Saturday night, describing the attack as a "horrific act of anti-Semitism."

"Those cowards picking up the dead have ransacked the place," the rabbi added.

The estimated cost of repairs is £ 30,000, according to a fundraising page set up to help the cemetery.

Police opened an investigation and said the cemetery had been vandalized between early Friday and early Saturday morning.

GMP Deputy Agent Mabs Hussein said, "It was an act of hateful hatred that took place at the Whitefield Jewish Cemetery, Bury, yesterday. Officers support the local community … and every effort will be made to arrest those responsible. "

In a tweet that was subsequently deleted, an official GMP Prestwich police account described the attackers as "hogwash" and "total shame for humanity".

The tweet said, "I hope the scumbags who desecrated a cemetery in Whitefield are proud! You are a total shame for humanity! That's not what the Whitefield community wants or accepts. Anyone with information, especially about those who are trying to unload copper tubing, should contact us. "

Superintendent Paul Walker, of GMP's Bury Division, said, "We opened an investigation and, although CCTV was destroyed by the offenders – obviously in order to cover their tracks gather exactly what happened to try to find those responsible.

"I understand that this incident has caused distress to many members of our community and we are working alongside our partners, including the Community Security Trust, to ensure that those affected are fully supported.

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"We treat this incident as a hate crime and I want to send a clear message that such incidents will never be tolerated in our communities. I encourage everyone who has information to get in touch as soon as possible. "

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