Outrage at ‘abhorrent’ racist graffiti in Malton – as firefighters take a stand
Racist graffiti described as ‘abhorrent’ has been discovered on a wall in Malton.
Crews from Malton Fire Station have removed it and the incident has been reported to the police as a hate crime.
It was found near the entrance to the temporary car park at Orchard Fields yesterday morning.
Firefighter Bryan Barrett, who took the photos, said on his Twitter feed: “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!”
He told YorkMix Radio he was alerted to the graffiti by two people who were walking their dog.
“When I see something like this I think of my son’s best friend who is black, and they have grown up together and been through University together and I think there’s no place, no place at all for this sort of thing”
Bryan Barrett says: “From what I’ve seen, everyone’s really been supportive and condemned it. I do feel that as a society, we should be standing together, because ultimately, somebody knows who did this.”
“I think, if we stand together, this will be a community where racism just will not thrive.”
Local Councillor Steve Mason said “This is not representative of where I live.
“We have to root out the idiots who did this. There is no place in our society for this”