POLICE have launched an investigation after swastikas were daubed on a number of walls in a former mining village.
Officers say the community has been left “outraged” by the graffiti in Easington Colliery.
The Nazi-style daubings, in white paint, have been made in at least five locations over the past few days, including at the former Maxi Freeze shop, on the corner of Seaside Lane South and Bede Street, behind the former Community Resource Centre, on the back yard wall of a property in Bede Street, the gable end of a house in Barwick Street and the gable end of a house in Station Road next to the bottom of Boston Street.
Inspector Vince Addison, of Easington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There is obviously an offence of criminal damage but it’s particulary unsavoury and unpleasant.
“I know the people of Easington will be as outraged as I am to see these unpleasant signs in their village.
“We ask people to speak to us, in confidence if they wish, so that we can stop this happening and identify those responsible.”
Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.