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A number of horrifying messages, including ‘Blacks Go Home’, were sprayed onto a wall near the entrance to the temporary car park at Orchard Fields on Monday morning.
Local fire fighter Bryan Barrett shared a picture of the graffiti on his Twitter page and wrote: “I don’t like to share disgusting messages like this on social media. But I thought that this could be an opportunity for my community, and those that represent us to condemn racism!”
Mr Barrett told YorkshireLive that he was alerted to the graffiti by two dog walkers while he was working a shift at the nearby fire station.
He said: “It was Malton Food Lovers Festival that day and I think it was strategically placed there to impact the most people so what I did was report it to the police and then the fire fighters washed it off.”
Mr Barrett added: “I didn’t know whether to post it because sometimes if you give these people the oxygen to breath they become more empowered.
“The thing that swung it for me is my son’s best friend is black so I was like ‘right I’m going to set an example here’. What I wanted to do was get loads of councillors to call it out.
“They set the benchmark of what’s right and wrong so if all the councils come out and condemn it then it won’t be a place where people can turn a blind eye to it.”
The community were quick to share their disgust at the messages, with one local woman writing: “This is abhorrent.”
She said that she had recently asked North Yorkshire County Council to issue a statement condemning racism in all its forms, adding: (I’m) not sure we vocalise condemnation or are proactive enough in North Yorkshire or Ryedale.”
The local MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake, also commented labelling the act ‘disgusting’.
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Ryedale District Councillor Chris Delaney said: “Truly awful. Goes without saying that this mindless act has no place in our society. Let’s hope the perpetrators are caught, punished & educated.”
Mr Barrett said he was happy with the response but hoped there would have been a stronger condemnation of the graffiti from authority figures.
He said: “I have been told that there’s been some Nazi symbols dotted around. It’s not helpful that some councillors are saying these things don’t exist when quite clearly they do.”
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The incident was also reported to North Yorkshire Police.
Inspector Martin Dennison, of Malton Police, said: “Shortly before 9am on Monday 30 August, North Yorkshire Police received a report of racist graffiti on a wall at Sheepfoot Hill in Malton.
“This type of crime is completely unacceptable and can have a huge emotional impact on its victims.
“We are taking this incident very seriously and will not condone this type of behaviour which is at odds with the welcoming nature of our local communities.”
Insp Dennison added: “I would appeal to anyone with any information which may help us identify the offender to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 12210191750.”
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