Newcastle City Council removed graffiti within hours from a mosque explaining that they “aim to remove all offensive, racist, and sexist graffiti within two working days. Where this is not possible, it will be obscured.”
The graffiti was discovered on the side of the Heaton Mosque and Islamic Centre on Friday morning. The graffiti encompassed the word ‘bacon’ that was sprayed.
Local Labour Councillor John Paul Stephenson railed against the attack saying:
This is an outrageous attack on our community. Heaton is well-loved for its diversity This attack goes against everything we stand for. Councillors will be meeting with the mosque to discuss this and offer the support we can. Attacks like this will not be tolerated in our community.”
According to the BBC and The Guardian the UK is currently facing an EPIDEMIC of ‘Bacon Related Hate Crime’ such as 35-year-old Kevin Crehan was sentenced to a year in prison for leaving bacon sandwiches outside the Jamia Mosque in Bristol in 2016. He was found dead in his prison cell partway into his sentence after an apparent drugs overdose.
The Police have confirmed they are investigating this as a hate crime but no arrests have been made yet.
One resident told the local paper…
“I’ve seen racist graffiti in Heaton before unfortunately but as far as I know the mosque has never been targeted in this way. It’s disgusting, we don’t want to see this sort of thing round here.”