A family have been left 'disgusted and hurt' after racist graffiti was sprayed on their garden wall earlier this week. 

Geraldine Mubaiwa, 28 of Bury St Edmunds, said a racist slur appeared on her mother Anna's property in Field Maple Close, Red Lodge, at the start of the week, which has left the family in fear of escalation. 

Geraldine said her niece, who lives with Anna, was the first to notice it and told her family, who promptly reported it to the police, on Tuesday. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Field Maple Close in Red Lodge where the incident took placeField Maple Close in Red Lodge where the incident took place (Image: Google maps)

She said the incident has left them worried for their safety and wondering who could be behind it. 

"It has made us feel disgusted and hurt that in this day and age people are still that backward and hurtful," she said.

"It is just pure anger, pure disgust, and worry as well because it makes you scared to think is my mum going to be safe?

"What is next? Are they going to come back and set the house alight or damage the car? It makes me feel so anxious." 

Anna bought the home in 2010 and Geraldine said they have not experienced an incident like this before at the property.

She said: "It is really painful. Mum bought the house in 2010 so it is 14 years we have lived at this address.

"Our neighbours are really lovely people so it definitely can't be anyone around our immediate home.

"It makes you think did someone walk past recently and just think about doing it?"

Geraldine said officers came to the home after they reported the incident and have offered the family a Ring doorbell to record their front doorway.

East Anglian Daily Times: Police are investigating the incidentPolice are investigating the incident (Image: Newsquest)

She said they are also opting to change the locks to the home and fork out for expensive CCTV systems to surround the house. 

Cllr Dawn Dicker, who represents the Iceni ward on West Suffolk Council, said: "I was very saddened to hear about this incident earlier in the week and feel sorry for the family involved. Hopefully the police will catch the culprits soon. 

"I was happy to see the community rally round to support the family." 

East Anglian Daily Times: Cllr Dawn Dicker said she was saddened to hear of the incidentCllr Dawn Dicker said she was saddened to hear of the incident (Image: West Suffolk Council)

A police spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident of racial harassment in Red Lodge was reported.

"It took place sometime overnight between Monday 5 February and Tuesday 6 February at Field Maple Close in Red Lodge.

"Suspect/s wrote offensive graffiti on a wall and the incident is being treated as racial harassment.  Inquiries are ongoing.

"Witnesses or anybody with any information are asked to contact Suffolk Police quoting reference 37/6928/24."