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Police looking for vandals behind offensive and anti-Islamic graffiti

Two teens sought after anti-Islamic graffiti daubed on Selby buildings.

Graffiti daubed on locations throughout Selby
Graffiti daubed on locations throughout Selby
Published 7 years ago | Updated 6 years ago
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Police in Selby are appealing for information after vandals daubed offensive and intolerant graffiti at locations around Selby town centre.

Around 20 individual tags and slogans have been seen on various buildings across the town including Finkle Street, Micklegate, Millgate and Ousegate. They are believed to have all appeared sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Most of the acts recorded are of artless 'tag'-style graffiti. Some however feature offensive slogans and anti-Islamic sentiment.

These include slogans scrawled across walls close in Ousegate which read 'Fuck Islam'.

Anti-Islamic Graffiti in Ousegate
Anti-Islamic Graffiti in Ousegate

Photo credit: @WillSmith700

Police are conducting enquiries to establish who is responsible for the recent vandalism. In particular, they would like to speak to two men seen in the area around the time the incidents occurred.

They are described as aged between 16 and 19 years old. One was wearing a dark-coloured jacket and had short brown hair, spiky on top. The other man was shorter, wearing a dark-coloured jacket with a hood, skinny dark jeans and white trainers.

Inspector Michelle Falkingham, of Selby Police, said: “The offensive nature of this graffiti is wholly unacceptable, and has caused concern in the local community. An investigation is underway to identify those responsible, and I would urge anyone who has any information to contact the police.”

Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to contact Selby Police by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111, quoting reference 12160008871.

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First published at 08:57 on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.
Last updated at 22:23 on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.