£1,000 reward issued to catch racist graffiti artists spreading hateful messages across Greenwich

A reward of £1,000 has been put up to find and charge those responsible for an alarming rise in racist graffiti in Greenwich over the past year.

Independent charity Crimestoppers has put up the money following the incidents, in which the perpetrator has affiliated themselves with a far right-wing group and is using the tag NF.

Graffiti has been targeted on street furniture, public walls and residential fencing.

This includes roads and streets leading up to and around the A2, such as on public underpasses.

Following discussions with the council and local police, Crimestoppers has pledged to pay up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the person or people involved in this crime.

Alexa Loukas, London regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “Royal Greenwich, like the rest of London and the UK, will not tolerate hurtful, racist and bigoted graffiti appearing in public areas and spaces of the borough.

“We take this very seriously and are determined to help find out who is involved so that we can put a stop to whoever is writing these shocking, hateful messages.

“Racist graffiti is illegal and is designed to scare and intimidate and stir up racial hatred.

“But we know how important community cohesion is, which is why I’m urging anyone with information who may not want to speak directly to the police to remember that Crimestoppers, as a charity, is here to help. You do have options.

“We never take personal details and no one will ever know you contacted us.

“Each and every day thousands of people trust Crimestoppers with their crime information, safe in the knowledge that they will stay anonymous. Always.

“So if you have suspicions or are certain who may be responsible, please tell our charity what you know.

“We all need to work together to help Greenwich remain a safe place for all communities to live, work and stay.

“Call Crimestoppers 24/7 UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111 or fill in our simple and secure anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

“Your information, however apparently small, may make a huge difference. Thank you.”

Cllr Jackie Smith, cabinet member for community safety and enforcement, said: “We value and celebrate diversity in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are firmly committed to tackling hate, intolerance, and discrimination.

“We are working with the police and the charity Crimestoppers to find those responsible for these hateful and racist acts.

“Everyone in the borough has a part to play in the fight for tolerance and equality – if you have any information, please report it anonymously to Crimestoppers.”

If you know who is behind the racist graffiti appearing in Greenwich, please help by speaking up anonymously when you tell our charity what you know.”

Visit Crimestoppers-uk.org and fill in our simple and secure anonymous online form or call our 24/7 UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111.

Pictured top: Some of the racist graffiti scrubbed out

 


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