Two arrested over vandalism of Jewish graves

Police have arrested two young men in relation to the desecration of Jewish graves with anti-semitic messages at a central Auckland cemetery.

A 19-year-old and 23-year-old will be charged with wilful damage and appear at Auckland District Court this week, police said.

Police have not ruled out further arrests.

About 20 gravestones were vandalised at the Symonds Street Cemetery, on the corner of Symonds St and Karangahape Rd, last week.

Vandals spray painted large graffiti swastikas and scrawled expletive-ridden anti-semitic messages scrawled on the grave stones.

The cemetery, Auckland's first, has long been the target of vandalism and also attracts people sleeping rough.

The Jewish council had raised concerns with Auckland Council in the past about security at the site. 

Earlier this year the Waitemata Local Board agreed to a $1.6 million funding boost to improve maintenance and security at the cemetery, among other things.

Auckland Now