Published: 08:20, 16 February 2011
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 painful.
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 extremism.”