Slew of graffiti the ‘worst’ in West Hampstead ‘for a decade’
- Credit: Ian Cohen
A slew of graffiti has been removed in West Hampstead and Kilburn from pavements, bus stops, phone boxes and closed shop fronts.
A series of spray-painted messages appeared after June 4 in West End Lane and Mill Lane and one includes the phrase “stand up world against black masses”.
“Dozens” of businesses were painted on including Alice House, Bellaluna, the Black Lion, Firezza Pizza, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Caffè Nero, Tannin & Oak, Wolfpack and Kilburn Flowers.
Some residents have said the messages are racist while it has also been suggested “black mass” refers to satanic rituals.
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Camden Council said “there is no place for hate”. Both Camden and Brent Council confirmed all offensive graffiti has been removed.
Camden Conservatives leader Cllr Oliver Cooper called the graffiti the “worst” he has seen in West Hampstead for a decade.
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Cllr Shiva Tiwari (Lab, West Hampstead) called the area a “welcoming and diverse neighbourhood where racism has no place”.
Cllr Tiwari said: “It is a community that elected 3 councillors, all from ethnic minority backgrounds, as its local government representatives in the May 2018 elections.
“I abhor racism in all its forms and stand side by side with my fellow ward councillors (Cllr Rahman and Cllr Taheri) and West Hampstead residents on this issue.”
Cllr Tiwari added: “Such graffiti is unacceptable and shows how we must continue to fight deeply entrenched racism in our society.”
Cllr Cooper said: “Time and time again, small graffiti tags have been shown to lead to larger ones, and graffiti and fly-tipping have been shown to lead to more serious criminal offences and to residents feeling less safe.
“These things need to be nipped in the bud before they spiral out of control.”
This article was amended on June 11 to remove the word “racist” from the introduction and headline, due to the disputed nature of the graffiti messages.