Vandals have struck a number of properties and vehicles in East Sussex, in a wave of politically and racially motivated hate crime.
On Friday 27th, a number of incidents of criminal damage by graffiti were reported to Sussex Police in Lewes. On Paddock Road, the words "Save Old Sussex - Kill a D.F.L." had been tagged on a property wall. The term "Down from London" (D.F.L) is a derogatory term used to describe those moving into an area from the city.
Another property on The Avenue, had the words "F*** the Jews" written on their fence. It's not the first time this property has been targeted by vandals. The same fence was tagged by political graffiti, in April during the run up to the last local elections.
Local residents and volunteers spent their Saturday afternoon scrubbing the words from the fence. Oli Henman, a councillor for the Castle ward of Lewes said it's "Unbelievable that this person feels emboldened to repeatedly vandalise people’s houses".
"Unfortunately this does follow a pattern linked to right wing conspiracy theories which has increased in recent months."
In a similar incident, Sussex Police confirmed further reports of vandalism by graffiti across the county, in Southwick.
Removal company owner Ben Hampson, of Old Shoreham Road reported his work van had been daubed with the words "Heil Hitler" and "No N******".
Ben had to spend Monday morning cleaning the graffiti from his van, as he had jobs to attend to. He said “People know it wasn’t me who did it but I can’t drive around with people seeing that".
"We had a job that morning and I couldn’t drive around with that on my van.”
In a statement, Sussex Police confirmed they had also responded to a further report of graffiti on a silver Toyota in the same area.
“A van and a car were daubed with paint in an overnight graffiti attack in Southwick. The damaged was discovered on Saturday morning by the owners of the vehicles in Park Way"
“Anyone who witnessed either of the attacks, saw anyone behaving suspiciously in the area overnight or with any other information about the offender is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 619 of 28/09.”
Sussex Police have also confirmed they do not believe the separate incidents are linked.
Watch below, our live report from 29th April 2019 on political graffiti during the local election period in Lewes, below: