Ashfield MP condemns ‘mindless idiots’ after swastikas daubed at Kirkby park

Obscene graffiti of swastikas has been sprayed onto play equipment at a children’s park in Kirkby.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:51 pm

Disgusted residents were shocked this morning (January 31) to discover the graffiti on Morven Park.

It was reported to Ashfield District Council at 8.30am, and was promptly removed by a clean-up crew.

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson has condemned the disgusting markings, saying those responsible need to be taught a lesson in history.

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The graffiti

Mr Anderson said: “ Even in this day and age, the sight of a swastika would disgust most decent citizens.

“The mindless idiots responsible need apprehending as quickly as possible, and teaching a good lesson in history.

“My grandad fought for five years in the second world war to stop this.”

The swastika was originally a symbol of good luck.

As a result of World War II and the Holocaust, most people now associate it with Nazism and antisemitism.

The symbols appeared on the park just days after the 75th anniversary of the liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, on January 27.

A spokesperson from Nottinghamshire Police said: “On 31 January 2020 graffiti of a swastika symbol was found at Morven Park in Kirkby.

“Officers are aware of this hate crime, although at present, this hasn't been reported directly to us. We will continue to investigate the offence and work with local partners.

“We take all hate crime seriously and have a zero tolerance approach

“If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area please call 101.”