Published: 19:19, 08 July 2020
| Updated: 19:20, 08 July 2020
Police are investigating Nazi stickers and racist graffiti which have been daubed in a seaside town.
It follows complaints about the material, some of which had Nazi references, which has appeared on street furniture and buildings in Margate.
They were concentrated in Cliftonville which has a large ethnic minority community.
Among the vandalism was a stencilled 'White Lives Matter' next to one reading 'National Socialism' - more commonly known as Nazism.
Elsewhere stickers celebrating the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth and death were pasted on a lamppost, next to a link to a Nazi website, which we are choosing not to show.
A spokesman for the Kent Anti-Racism Network branded those responsible"racist dogs".
He said: "We are appalled at the abhorrent racist graffiti recently seen in Margate.
"Thanet has had two recent Black Lives Matter protests attended by thousands of people which attests to the diversity of the isle.
"The recent Black Lives Matter protests in the US/UK and elsewhere, resulting in many changes such as taking down statues and flags and workplaces and businesses putting in measures to strengthen equalities at work shows that anti-racist protests work.
"We believe it is important to stand alongside each other and work collectively to create the change which is so obviously needed. We need to remain focused on the challenges ahead and make new connections with sisters and brothers within the community.
"Let’s make sure the toxic brand of racist dog whistle politics spread by some is forever consigned to the dustbin of history. We salute those who are raising awareness of racism.”
A police spokesman said: "We received a report at approximately 10pm on Tuesday, July 7 2020 regarding offensive graffiti and stickers seen on street furniture and buildings in the Northdown Road area of Margate.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/116043/20.
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