Racism shock

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Dis­gust­ing racist graf­fiti was daubed on a Ruther­glen wall just yards from a pri­mary school.

The sick­en­ing mes­sage was writ­ten on the back wall of an In­dian take­away on a lane be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and King Street.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers have con­demned those re­spon­si­ble.

Dis­gust­ing racist graf­fiti was daubed on a Ruther­glen wall just yards from a pri­mary school.

The sick­en­ing mes­sage was writ­ten on the wall of an In­dian take­away on a lane be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and King Street.

It would have been vis­i­ble for par­ents and pupils at­tend­ing Burgh Pri­mary, just across the road, as well as many com­muters head­ing from Ruther­glen train sta­tion.

The vile racist mes­sage read “P***s go home.

It was re­ported to the Re­former by a reader via Twit­ter. They said they had first re­ported it on Thurs­day, Au­gust 18, be­fore it was even­tu­ally re­moved by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil work­ers.

Tommy Rooney, chair of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “There is no ex­cuse for that be­ing here. Ruther­glen is a town open to ev­ery­one.

“The coun­cil have a graf­fiti squad who usu­ally get out and take down any­thing ob­scene or of­fen­sive.”

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier con­tacted the coun­cil about the mes­sage to have it re­moved af­ter hear­ing about it.

She said:“The ap­pear­ance of graf­fiti of this na­ture in Ruther­glen is un­ac­cept­able.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil urged any­one who spot­ted of­fen­sive graf­fiti to con­tact them.

Alis­tair McKin­non, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices, also apol­o­gised to the per­son who first re­ported it for the length of time it took to take ac­tion.

He said: “We take of­fen­sive graf­fiti ex­tremely se­ri­ously and I would en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port it by phon­ing 0303 123 1020.

“I would like to thank the man who re­ported this and apol­o­gise for the time taken in re­mov­ing it. This was due to a de­lay in the in­for­ma­tion be­ing passed to our re­moval team and we are tak­ing steps to pre­vent this hap­pen­ing again.”

Sick We have re­moved the racist term

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