Swastikas and racist graffiti have been painted on the walls and windows of a mosque. The mosque is still under construction and the vandals broke in and used paint taken from builders’ cabins on the site. Police are guarding the site and carrying out local reassurance patrols. Forensic examinations are going on. The North Worcestershire police commander, Superintendent Kevin Purcell, said: “For as long as I can remember the relationship between the Muslim community in Redditch, the police and the wider community would best be described as excellent.
West Mercia police have appealed for anyone with any information relating to the Redditch incident to call officers at Redditch police station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference 20-S-260613, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.