Residents shock at racist graffiti…
RACIST graffiti telling white people to leave Ravensthorpe was painted on homes in a quiet side street.
The slogans ‘white slags’, ‘old white basterds’ (sic) and ‘white people move out ov Ravy!!’ (sic) were daubed on properties in Crawshaw Street.
Coun Mumtaz Hussain (Lab, Dewsbury West) acted quickly to have it cleaned off walls and garage doors after it appeared earlier this month.
But a tag alongside the graffiti, ‘RTS’, had residents worried as it was thought to refer to a local Asian gang who call themselves the Ravey Terror Squad.
The notorious group was behind a series of unprovoked attacks on white people on or near the Calder Valley Greenway in 2007.
But police think the graffiti culprits are youths who have merely adopted the ‘RTS’ tag and have no connection to what they believe is the disbanded group.
Crawshaw Street is a multi-cultural community and some of the homes hit include those of Asian families.
It is thought anyone local to Ravensthorpe would know that, leading to claims the culprits are outsiders, possibly from Scout Hill.
One disgusted resident said: “It’s a mixed area and people get along. Some are in their 70s and 80s and have lived here for 50-odd years.
“I’ve been here for 39 years. The only trouble we’ve ever had was the ‘Ravey Terror Squad’ years ago. And this graffiti is just as galling.”
It prompted another resident to put up CCTV cameras around the area the next day, but these were mysteriously torn down soon after.
The identity of the graffiti vandals also remains unknown, and police have stepped up patrols as their enquiries continue.
Coun Hussain, meanwhile, got some paint from a resident and made youths playing in a nearby games area clean up the graffiti.
He accepts they may not have been the culprits but said: “This was disgusting and offensive graffiti.
“It needed to be cleaned up as quickly as possible. Nobody should have to put up with that in their community.”
A police spokesman said: “Damage of this kind is thankfully rare, but it is a serious offence. We have spoken to groups of youth about it.
“If young people are not aware, we would like to remind them that any graffiti, racist or otherwise, is an arrestable offence.”
Anyone with information can call Kirklees Police’s Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.