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'Racist' abuse scrawled on Polish cultural centre

Published 26/06/2016

Met Police are investigating the vandalism.
Met Police are investigating the vandalism.

Police are investigating suspected racist graffiti scrawled on a Polish community building in London.

Officers are probing the criminal damage, thought to be racially-motivated, at the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK), in Hammersmith.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 11am police were informed of an incident of alleged racially-motivated criminal damage to a building in King Street, W6.

"Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham borough attended and enquiries are ongoing."

A POSK spokeswoman said graffiti had been found on the front entrance after 6am on Sunday and it had since been washed off b ut would not confirm what it said.

She said: "There will be an investigation - we have reported it to police. I cannot say any more."

It comes as Cambridgeshire Police investigate suspected post-referendum racism after hateful notes were allegedly posted through letterboxes of Polish residents in the county.

Laminated cards reading "Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin" were reportedly delivered to members of the Polish community in Huntingdon, north west of Cambridge, on Saturday.

Inspector Nick Percival said the police were "aware" of the incident and were investigating

Joanna Mludzinska, chairwoman of POSK, said she had been "very moved and are extremely grateful" for the support from the local community after the attack.

She added: "We were very disturbed and upset this morning to find really unpleasant graffiti all over the building when the staff came in."

Andy Slaughter, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, said on Twitter: "This is an outrageous act that disgusts not only me and the Polish community but everyone in Hammersmith & Fulham.

"We are proud in west London to be the centre for the Polish community in the UK and the home of posklondon.

"Posklondon was founded by the generation who fought with Britain against Nazism and who helped build our inclusivity and prosperity."

Images on social media appeared to show the graffiti, in which the words "F*** you OMP" were smeared in yellow paint across the entrance, before it was cleared

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