Late night attack on Eastern European cars

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MORE than a dozen cars belonging to Eastern Europeans had yellow paint poured over them.

Police are treating the vandalism, in Bognor on Tuesday night, as hate crime.

Acting Chief Inspector Pip Taylor said: ‘We are examining CCTV in the area, have stepped up patrols and carried out house-to-house enquiries to see if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious. We’ve also had leaflets delivered in both English and Polish to offer reassurance to residents.

‘It would appear that the offender – or offenders – have deliberately targeted vehicles belonging to Eastern Europeans. This is not acceptable and if those responsible think that the police will tolerate such crimes then they’re very much mistaken.

‘Hate crime is not acceptable under any circumstances and the deplorable actions of those responsible will undoubtedly be condemned by the wider community.’

Bognor has a large Eastern European community and the targeted cars either had Eastern European number plates or belonged to people from Eastern Europe.

Call police on 101, quoting serial number 0782 of 28/08, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.