Eid banners in Leicester defaced with swastikas
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Thursday June 30 2016
The Leicester Mercury reports that two banners displaying details about the city’s Eid prayers and festival in Victoria Park have been defaced with racist graffiti.
The paper reports that officers received a call from a member of the public at around 7.30am this morning, 29 June, informing about the act of vandalism.
The banners, which were tied to the park’s railings, were removed by the officers. The banners had swastikas painted on them and the words “Islam,” “hate” and “lies”.
MP for Leicester South, Jon Ashworth, said: “These are disgusting racially aggravated incidents.
“We as a city live together, celebrate together and condemn racism together.
“I have spoken to the police about community leaders about these incidents.
“I would urge anyone who has any information about these incidents to contact the police as soon as possible.
“I would also urge people to report any racist attacks. This xenophobia and racism must be stamped out.”
Leicester police are treating the incident as a religious hate crime and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact 101, quoting incident number 62 of June 29.