Shock after anti-Semitic graffiti found in Lewes

Anti-Semitic graffiti in The Avenue, Lewes
Anti-Semitic graffiti in The Avenue, Lewes

Lewes residents have expressed their shock on social media after discovering offensive anti-Semitic graffiti in the town.

A resident, who said she was 'deeply disturbed', shared an image of graffiti in The Avenue on Facebook, that reads: 'F*** the Jews, S***, w*****, traitors'.

In response, residents said they were shocked and saddened by the graffiti, which covers a fence outside a resident's house.

One resident said: "We are living in such sad times! I hope the perpetrators are found."

Another said: "Shocked. Do hope police have been made aware!"

Oli Henman, a Lewes town councillor for the Castle ward, who has been selected by the Lib Dems as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the next general election, said: "Unbelievable that this person feels emboldened to repeatedly vandalise people’s houses.

Graffiti in Paddock Road, Lewes

Graffiti in Paddock Road, Lewes

"Unfortunately this does follow a pattern linked to right wing conspiracy theories which has increased in recent months.

"It cannot continue - we as local councillors are taking it up with the police."

More graffiti has been discovered in Paddock Road. It reads: 'Save old Sussex. Kill a DFL' - Down from London, a derogatory term used by those living outside London to describe incomers who bring city ways to their new home town.

Shockwaves were also sent through the Lewes community today after news that an anti-Brexit campaigner had a brick with 'traitor' written on it thrown through his window in the early hours of this morning.

Jim Cornelius shared images on Twitter and said: "I’ve just had a brick thrown through my window.

"Just finished cleaning up the kitchen and best I can. Glass everywhere.

"The brick hit my Google Home Hub and damaged the screen. I called 999 within seconds. But they can do nothing.

"Whoever did it was gone before I got to the door. Wife and myself stoic, but my son is very upset."

Sussex Police confirmed it was linking all three incidents.

A spokesman said: "Sussex Police were made aware of three incidents of criminal damage in Lewes overnight between Thursday (September 26) and Friday (September 27).

"Officers received a report of graffiti at two separate locations, The Avenue and Paddock Terrace, and a brick was thrown through a window of a property in Tanners Brook.

"The three incidents are being treated as politically motivated and are believed to be linked.

"Anyone who witnessed this criminal damage or saw anyone acting suspiciously in this area at this time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 47190091642."