School set alight and daubed in hate spree
A SCHOOL was set on fire and covered with Nazi symbols in a series of hate crimes committed over the bank holiday weekend.
A Masonic hall and university campus in Newport were also damaged and vandalised in what police have described as “a series of hate-crime incidents”.
The incident came after Nazi graffiti appeared on streets in Cardiff in March.
In Newport, the Masonic Hall in Lower Dock Street was set on fire overnight on Monday. Extensive damage was caused to the fire exit door.
Detectives are also investigating a small number of additional reports of offensive graffiti in the city over the bank holiday weekend.
It is not yet known if all offences were committed by the same individuals.
On Monday afternoon it was reported that offensive graffiti had been sprayed on part of the University of Wales’ Newport City Centre campus – again, believed to have been carried out the night before.
And at about 2.40am on Tuesday officers attended Bassaleg School, where a window had been forced open and a small fire deliberately started.
Offensive graffiti had also been sprayed on the premises.
Detectives are also investigating a small number of additional reports of offensive graffiti in the city over the bank holiday weekend. It is not yet known if all offences were committed by the same individuals.
Chief Inspector Richard Blakemore, of Gwent Police, said: “We are taking these incidents very seriously – there is absolutely no place for hate crime in Gwent.
“We are working extremely hard to find out who committed these offences so we can bring them to justice quickly.
“We are in the process of studying CCTV footage and carrying out extensive inquiries in the areas affected, but we would welcome help from the public.
“Please get in touch if you have any information about the offences or if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the areas.
“I would like to reassure the community that we are committed to ensuring our city is a welcoming place for everyone.”
> The damage at Bassaleg School, Newport