Jade's crossing defaced with graffiti
A memorial bridge to a young girl who died crossing the A249 has
been defaced with far right nationalist graffiti.
Slogans including “kill Muslims” “keep Britain
British” and “EDL” - the acronym for anti Islamist group the
English Defence League - have been scratched into the moss on
Jade’s Crossing in Detling.
The bridge was erected as a memorial to eight-year-old Jade
Hobbs, who was killed along with her grandmother while crossing the
busy road in 2000.
The tragedy led to a successful campaign by Jade’s mother
Caroline Hobbs and husband Paul to build a permanent footbridge.
They have since moved from the area as the memories were too
The English Defence League was formed in 2009 in response
to a protest against Royal Anglian Regiment troops returning from
the Afghan War.
The group organises street marches purportedly against “muslim
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