Teens who damaged Rochdale cenotaph wreaths sentenced

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.

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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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