People in Horncastle say they are “absolutely disgusted” at graffiti plastered over signage, bins and people’s homes in the town.
Locals are calling for the graffiti off Hemingby Lane to be treated as a hate crime, sharing images of a spray painted swastika and what appears to be a Celtic cross, which has been linked to white nationalism and neo-nazism.
Also sprayed on the Bain Valley Park signage is a pentagram, 666, and 88 – a number that has reportedly been used as a white supremacist numerical code for ‘Heil Hitler’.
“Sinister things happen here” and “I own this town” is written among the symbols.
Zuky Batten, who took the images, said her friend’s house had also been defaced. “If anyone has any idea who these scumbags are, get in touch with the police!”
Sally Gledhill wrote in response to Zuky’s Facebook post: “The bank in the marketplace had it on the windows and the roadworks signs in Markham Road. Obviously been busy defacing stuff right across town!”
Lincolnshire Police told Lincolnshire Reporter the graffiti was being investigated and asked anyone who has information to come forward.
“This has been reported to us and we are investigating”, a spokesperson said.
“We would like to ask anyone with any information as to who is responsible to call 101 with incident reference 88 of 26 September.”