‘This is just racism’
Updated 3:03pm Tuesday 8th April 2014 in By Dominic Gilbert
FAMILIES have spoken of their disgust after racist graffiti was daubed on cars and buildings around Walcot on Sunday night.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incidents after around 20 swastikas, scrawled in black spray paint, were discovered around Frobisher Drive and Tudor Walk in the early hours on Sunday.
House to house enquiries have been carried out, and all CCTV footage is under investigation.
This is the second instance of racist graffiti being spread in the town after swastikas and slogans were painted on properties in Penhill in January of this year.
Anton Webb, 28, of Tudor Walk, said: “I saw one as soon as I came out of my gate on Sunday morning to go to football.
“The police have said it probably happened at about 6am, but usually my dog would have been barking if there was anyone around the house that early.
“It is very unusual for something like this to happen round here. It is more of a come together community really, which indicates this is probably someone not from Walcot.”
He added there could be no mistaking the intent of the vandals.
“This is just racism, there is no other way to describe it,” he said. “You do not paint those unless you are making a statement.
“We have just got to leave it to the police now. I have been living here for two years, and the house belonged to my mother before that, and we have never seen anything like this.”
Others just want the markings removed.
Mrs Greener, of Raleigh Avenue, said: “Last time this happened the council came around and cleaned it off straight away, so I don’t expect it to be there for very long.
“It happened about seven or eight years ago with some kids doing tags, so it doesn’t happen round here very often.”
PCSO Emma Turner said: “There has been about 20 of these swastikas found running between the top of Frobisher Drive through to Tudor Walk and right the way down to Sussex Square.
“We do have some problems with graffiti in the area but nothing like this. I have been on the patch for two years and this is completely new for me.”
Anyone with any information about the damage caused is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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