Rochdale, 16 January: Two teenagers who filmed themselves damaging poppy wreaths at the Rochdale cenotaph while shouting anti-Semitic slurs have been sentenced.
Wreaths damaged on Remembrance Day
The 17-year-old boys damaged the wreaths at the war memorial in Rochdale town centre around noon on 6 November 2022.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said they used hateful anti-Semitic language during the incident, which was recorded and posted online.
Act described as ‘profoundly disrespectful’
At Manchester Magistrates’ Court today, the youths were sentenced for racially aggravated criminal damage.
A CPS prosecutor called it a “profoundly disrespectful act” that showed contempt for the community and hate towards Jews.
The teens had claimed they were angry after seeing Palestinian flags removed from a cenotaph. Both pleaded guilty last November.
10-month referral orders given
The court ordered 10-month referral orders for each defendant, including a two-month uplift for the hate element.
They must also pay £25 compensation each and contribute £25 to case costs.
The CPS said hate has no place in society and vowed to prosecute those using hate speech.
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