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Jade's crossing defaced with graffiti

16 February 2011

Graffiti at Jade's Crossing

A memorial bridge to a young girl who died crossing the A249 has been defaced with far right nationalist graffiti.

Graffiti at Jade's CrossingSlogans 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 painful.

Graffiti at Jade's CrossingThe 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 extremism.”

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