‘This is just racism’

This Is Wiltshire: PCSOs Emma Turner and Rob Dentry with the graffiti on a wall in Walcot PCSOs Emma Turner and Rob Dentry with the graffiti on a wall in Walcot

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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9:57am Tue 8 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.
Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

This is not graffiti it is a mess and needs to be sorted out.
Reduces the look of an area thus encouraging anti social behavior CCTV does not always work for identification purposes so maybe use an anti paint on the hot spots so that it cannot be repeated.
Low cost and easily fixed.
This is not graffiti it is a mess and needs to be sorted out. Reduces the look of an area thus encouraging anti social behavior CCTV does not always work for identification purposes so maybe use an anti paint on the hot spots so that it cannot be repeated. Low cost and easily fixed. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

3:14pm Tue 8 Apr 14

nobody says...

ChannelX wrote:
Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.
Because it's getting warmer and drier.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.[/p][/quote]Because it's getting warmer and drier. nobody
  • Score: 1

4:14pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

nobody wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.
Because it's getting warmer and drier.
They are always up early gotta give them that one. So much for the youths staying in bed?
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.[/p][/quote]Because it's getting warmer and drier.[/p][/quote]They are always up early gotta give them that one. So much for the youths staying in bed? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Tue 8 Apr 14

LordCharles says...

It's children. Just children.
It's children. Just children. LordCharles
  • Score: -1

1:01am Wed 9 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

the swastika was and is a symbol of peace in the hindu religion.
the swastika was and is a symbol of peace in the hindu religion. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 2

7:08am Wed 9 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

uruguay whitey the red wrote:
the swastika was and is a symbol of peace in the hindu religion.
I will bet you any money the morons who did this are completely unaware of that!
[quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: the swastika was and is a symbol of peace in the hindu religion.[/p][/quote]I will bet you any money the morons who did this are completely unaware of that! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

9:40am Fri 11 Apr 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.
graffiti is one thing. Disgusting facist scumbags leaving filthy Nazi rubbish is quite another.

Glad to see the community coming together to tell the fascists to do one.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Graffiti, of all types, seems to be on the rise again all across Swindon.[/p][/quote]graffiti is one thing. Disgusting facist scumbags leaving filthy Nazi rubbish is quite another. Glad to see the community coming together to tell the fascists to do one. Wildwestener
  • Score: 0

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