Huntingdon councillor condemns racist graffiti daubed on walls in Huntingdon and reveals plans for new hate crime centre

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 September 2017

Huntingdonshire District Council was called in to remove the graffiti. Picture: PATRICK KADEWERE.

Huntingdonshire District Council was called in to remove the graffiti. Picture: PATRICK KADEWERE.

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Police are appealing for information after racially-aggravated graffiti was spray painted on walls in Huntingdon.

Huntingdon town and district councillor Patrick Kadewere had called for more action on racist crime after graffiti was daubed on walls in Huntingdon last week.

Police are appealing for information about two incidents after racially-aggravated words, aimed at the Polish community, were spray painted on walls in the Oxmoor area.

The first incident was on September 2 in Nene Road and the second took place in Oak Drive on September 4. The news comes 15 months after cards, containing the words, “no more polish vermin” were distributed in the area following the EU referendum. The cards, which sent shock waves through the community, were left outside homes and others were attached to vehicles.

A team from Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) moved in quickly to remove the obscenities, which had been spray painted on the walls, and included the words “Speak Polish or Die” in English, and officers from Cambridgeshire police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Sgt Emma Garwood said: “We are working closely with the affected community and are doing everything possible to ensure those responsible are caught.

“Any reports of hate crime in the county will be fully investigated and it is vitally important that anyone who knows who is responsible reports it.”

Huntingdon town and district councillor Patrick Kadewere has also voiced his concerns about this latest incident and is calling for more to be done to support “vulnerable individuals” who may be nervous about reporting racist incidents.

“I was very concerned and disappointed seeing the hate graffiti written on a wall in Nene Road last week. I spoke to one Polish family and they explained to me how their kids were now frightened even to play outside or go to the shops,” said Cllr Kadewere.

“Although I really appreciated the quick response of the district council on removing the hate graffiti, I feel more has to be done to fight this so called hate. As I am also a town councillor, I managed to raise this issue at a full town council meeting on September 7. I mentioned in my constituency report that the town council should help me condemn hate crime within my ward and to work as close with the community affected as possible.”

Cllr Kadewere also told The Hunts Post that a Hate Crime Reporting Centre will be opened at the Maple Centre, in Huntingdon, to support anyone who has concerns about racist threats or incidents.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call police on 101 quoting CF0504570917 for Nene Road and CF0506640917 for Oak Drive or visit www.contactcambspolice.uk/Report.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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