Racist graffiti prompts call to council to act

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A Newmarket man has called on a council to do more to remove graffiti from private homes.

Richard Allen from Studlands Park, made the plea after he spotted the racist slurs daubed on the walls of properties on the Yellow Brick Road footpath and cycle route which links the Studlands estate to the town centre.

The offensive graffiti included a swastika, the slogan ‘No to Islam’ and ‘There is no moderate Islam’ and the letters EDL.

“I am sure it is a small minority of individuals but they are making themselves heard loud and clear through graffiti,” said Mr Allen. “I was shocked that at a time of year usually associated with good will and cheer that these slogans were put up. To any reasonable person the swastika should be a clue where these individuals’ heart truly lies,” he said.

“I am a British-born white Christian and my heart bleeds to see such intolerance of others and other faiths. It is our open minded approach to the world that makes Britain great.”

Mr Allen contacted Forest Heath District Council with his concerns about the graffiti and that the council’s policy was to clean graffiti from authority-owned property but charge for anything on private property. “Nearly all the graffiti I saw was on private residences and as such could be sending this racist message for years if nothing is done,” said Mr Allen.

A spokeswoman for Forest Heath said: “This criminal and distressing behaviour is an insult to our communities, a charge on the public purse, and an expense for householders. In cases of offensive graffiti such as this, the council has worked with householders to remove it from private property at no cost, although completely removing graffiti from brickwork is difficult. We would encourage members of the public to report incidents of this nature to the police in the first instance, who will investigate before liaising with the council.”