Hal­loween hor­ror of graf­fiti van­dals

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

SPRAY-CAN VAN­DALS spent Hal­loween night de­fac­ing a largely Jewish area.

Walls, fences and street signs in sev­eral roads in Radlett, Hert­ford­shire, were daubed with an­tisemitic graf­fiti.

On the worst-af­fected road, The Drive, swastikas and slo­gans in­clud­ing “F--- the Jews”, “I hate Jews” and “Die Pack­ies [sic]” were painted on the Tar­mac and pave­ments.

The let­ters NF, BNP and KKK were also daubed and eggs were thrown at one house.

A 71-year-old man, who lives nearby but asked not to be named, said the graf­fiti had re­duced him to tears. “I’m not Jewish, but I lived through the war and couldn’t un­der­stand then how man could do that to an­other man. Now I feel things haven’t changed. I’m ap­palled. It’s a close com­mu­nity here and we are all united over this.”

A 41-year-old mother-of-four, who also re­quested anonymity, said she be­lieved those re­spon­si­ble came from out­side Radlett “and tar­geted the area specif­i­cally be­cause there are many Jewish peo­ple”.

She added: “It’s fright­en­ing be­cause I have chil­dren and it’s not a good feel­ing when some­one hates you. Th­ese weren’t brave peo­ple. They did it in the mid­dle of the night and then ran.”

Other res­i­dents echoed their sen­ti­ments.

PC Suzan Loughran, a hate-crimes of­fi­cer from Hert­ford­shire po­lice, wrote to peo­ple who com­plained ac­knowl­edg­ing that “the dam­age was clearly an­tisemitic and of­fen­sive and caused dis­tress to many peo­ple”.

She said CCTV images would be ex­am­ined and a can re­trieved at the scene would be tested for fin­ger­prints.

Chief In­spec­tor Mark Hunter said: “We are tak­ing ev­ery course of ac­tion to trace those re­spon­si­ble. I want to re­as­sure res­i­dents that in­ci­dents of this na­ture are rare in Hert­ford­shire. But they will not be tol­er­ated.”

Nei­ther trick nor treat: some of the racist graf­fiti that ap­palled fam­i­lies

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