Police appeal following outbreak of racist graffiti in Penhill

Police are seeking witnesses after a spate of graffiti in the Penhill area

Police are seeking witnesses after a spate of graffiti in the Penhill area

First published in News

WILTSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses and information following several incidents of abusive and racist graffiti being scrawled on homes in Swindon.

Several families in Penhill have recently had their houses defaced with abusive slogans and swastikas painted on walls, windows and doors.

This has happened to houses in the Corsham Road and Fyfield Avenue areas.

The first occasion was at the beginning of December 2013.

One house was vandalised on January 3, 2014 and three houses were damaged overnight from 8th to 9th January.

White, green and silver paint have been used on different occasions.

One of the houses has been damaged on three separate occasions in this way. It is not known why this house in particular has been damaged.

The ethnicity of the occupants does not appear to have been the reason for their houses having been damaged. They appear to have been targeted at random.

The local Community Beat Manager for the area, PC Lloyd Griffiths said: “This is very unusual for the Penhill area.

"I can see no reason why these families have had their houses damaged in this way.

"Whoever is doing this obviously thinks that they are having some fun but it has left three families worried about future problems.

"The families have been a part of the Penhill community for a long time and this has left them feeling vulnerable and worried.

"The local beat team have stepped up patrols and we are working with Swindon Borough Council to catch the suspects and to prevent this happening again.”

If anyone has any information as to who may be responsible for this damage, contact PC Griffiths on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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3:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia.
Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population.
Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia. Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Probably the one type of crime you wouldn't receive a 'suspended' sentence for from our 'learned' judiciary.

Check out the false rape allegation guy... what a complete travesty of a let off that was.
Probably the one type of crime you wouldn't receive a 'suspended' sentence for from our 'learned' judiciary. Check out the false rape allegation guy... what a complete travesty of a let off that was. ChannelX
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

semitonic says...

There are sadly many examples of idiotic graffiti in and around the town centre / old tow, on private dwellings as well as public buildings. I guess these will be ignored unless they are deemed 'racist'.

Graffiti really is a scourge on society.
There are sadly many examples of idiotic graffiti in and around the town centre / old tow, on private dwellings as well as public buildings. I guess these will be ignored unless they are deemed 'racist'. Graffiti really is a scourge on society. semitonic
  • Score: 5

1:49pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

People who do this crime when caught should have to lick the walls until they are clean.
People who do this crime when caught should have to lick the walls until they are clean. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

7:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia.
Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population.
So you dont think the rise in immigrants has anything to do with it then. its all the fault of politicians and the media?
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia. Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population.[/p][/quote]So you dont think the rise in immigrants has anything to do with it then. its all the fault of politicians and the media? house on the hill
  • Score: 1

9:00am Mon 13 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

house on the hill wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia.
Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population.
So you dont think the rise in immigrants has anything to do with it then. its all the fault of politicians and the media?
When times are hard, people look for scapegoats and History repeats itself.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Politicians and media are responsible for stirring racial hatred and xenophobia. Yes the police can investigate and maybe speak to the culprits but it is not going to stop the inevitable rise of xenophobic feelings in the general population.[/p][/quote]So you dont think the rise in immigrants has anything to do with it then. its all the fault of politicians and the media?[/p][/quote]When times are hard, people look for scapegoats and History repeats itself. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -1

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