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Owner speaks of ‘frustration’ after Aldeburgh property is targeted with anti-Semetic graffiti

PUBLISHED: 19:28 19 May 2017

The owner of the property says he is frustrated after the property was vandalised four times in fives weeks. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The owner of the property says he is frustrated after the property was vandalised four times in fives weeks. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The owner of the property says he is ‘frustrated’ after his property was targeted four times in fives weeks with vandalism.

Reports of anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled onto a building in the Suffolk seaside town were first made on Monday, May 15.

The graffiti, which features the Jewish Star of David with “die” written underneath, alongside an image resembling a Nazi Swastika - although incorrectly drawn - was discovered on a building, previously reported as ‘derelict’, just off Park Road in Aldeburgh.

However, owner of the property Duncan Wright, claims that his property has been targeted ‘four times since the beginning of the Easter holidays’ by vandals.

Mr Wright said: “It is so frustrating. We are fighting a losing battle. It has been broken into constantly and severally.

“It will probably cost around £1000 to fix the interior, hundreds of pounds to fix the fencing and the outside also need replacing.”

The damage to the property, which Mr Wright has owned for nearly 20 years, includes broken windows, door frames, more graffiti inside as well as stolen fencing and fence posts.

Talking about why his property is constantly targeted, Mr Wright said: “It’s nothing personal - its just hidden and out of the way and they [vandals] know they can get away with it.”

Many residents in Aldeburgh have spoken of their ‘shock’ at the vandalism.

Local neighbour, John Lucas, said: “What’s so very shocking about this, apart from the fact that it’s an awful piece of graffiti to have in our town, is that children from the primary school have to walk past it.

“I’m just startled that here in the Suffolk coast, something like this suddenly appears. I’ve known Aldeburgh for 70 years, I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Talking about plans to remove to graffiti, a Suffolk Coastal District Council spokesman said: “Our initial enquiries indicate this has occurred on private property.

“We are currently trying to arrange for it to be removed as quickly as possible.”

The graffiti has been reported as a “hate crime” to Suffolk Constabulary, which is investigating the incident.

A spokesperson from Suffolk Constabulary, said: “Officers are looking into who caused damage to the building and enquiries are continuing at this stage.”

Anyone with information should contact the local Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number 35445/17.”

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