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Mansfield MP says racist graffiti near language school is "unacceptable"

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said the graffiti is not the view of 99.9% of local people.
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said the graffiti is not the view of 99.9% of local people.

Mansfield’s MP Ben Bradley has condemned racist graffiti on a language school sign as “totally unacceptable.”

“Poles go home” was scrawled across a sign for the English Your Way language school, on Bridge Street, Mansfield.

Patryk Jezewski, 37, from Nottingham owns the language school, and said the graffiti does not surprise him.

Mr Jezwski, who has duel citizenship for Poland and England said : “I would never claim people in Mansfield are racist, these are the actions of a small percentage.

“It’s not shocking that this has happened, but it’s the first time I've seen this on a sign.

“This reflects the attitudes of some people, who think international people are here to do something bad.

“It’s been tough for my international students, especially when they are struggling to with the language as it takes some time to learn.

“There was a rise in racism after the Brexit referendum but it seems to be decreasing now.

“Some of my European students have left England to go to their home countries as they couldn’t tolerate racist attacks.

“I even heard of racist things being shouted at my students as they were taking their students to school.”

Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said: “It’s totally unacceptable, and is not the view of 99.9% of local people.

“It’s a shame that a tiny minority always seem to lower the tone for the the rest of Mansfield.

“There is a huge difference between wanting to have control over our immigration policy, which is a common view, and this gung-ho “send them all back” attitude which will never be right, fair or appropriate.

“Government has committed to securing the rights of European citizens to stay in the UK post-Brexit.”