Anti-Muslim and Islamophobic graffiti that re-appeared on a charity bin in Fenham, close to Nuns Moor Park, is now subject to a police investigation after a member of the public contacted Tell MAMA.

The graffiti identified read “Islam is evil”, and below was written “and funds terror”, which the member of the public lamented as ‘depressing’ to see such harmful remarks appear in the area again, when reporting to our service yesterday.

Tell MAMA has reported the incident to Northumbria Police to investigate.

Last year, a charity bin for an Islamic charity had been vandalised with language, accusing it of funding terrorism in the same area.

Newcastle City Council allows the reporting of racist and hateful graffiti online. Tell MAMA has also flagged the graffiti with them.

Anyone can report graffiti in public areas anonymously or otherwise – be it on bins, benches, and public buildings – to their local council, online or otherwise. In addition, racist and hateful graffiti can be reported to the police online via the True Vision platform or by calling 101.

Tell MAMA took the above steps when reporting racist graffiti last month.

In recent years, verified reports of vandalism (including graffiti) have been sizeable minorities in respective datasets (21 reports for the first half of 2019 and 45 reports in 2018).

We will continue to provide updates where available.

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