Police appeal over offensive graffiti

POLICE are investigating offensive graffiti which has appeared at several locations in Bognor Regis over the past few months.

On several occasions graffiti has been reported to police around the Hotham Park, Gordon Avenue subway and Orchard Way subway areas.

On all occasions it has been reported to police and was quickly removed by the local council.

On Thursday April 12 offensive graffiti was found in subways in Gordon Avenue, Hotham Park and Orchard Way.

This followed reports on March 19 where one piece of offensive graffiti was found in the subway in Gordon Avenue and one on February 27 when five pieces of graffiti were reported to police around Hotham Park, Gordon Avenue subway and Orchard Way subway areas.

This graffiti is considered to be racially offensive and is being investigated by Sussex Police as a hate crime.

Sergeant Rachel Glenton, of Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Graffiti of this nature is offensive and we are committed to finding the offender or offenders. The graffiti includes various slogans which we believe are racially motivated.

“This can cause considerable fear among members of the targeted community and local residents.

“I would appeal for anyone with information about who may be doing the graffiti to contact police.

“Sussex Police is committed to reducing all forms of hate crime and we are working closely with the local community and partner agencies to combat it.”

A hate crime is any criminal offence perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.