Police investigate after Harold Park in Low Moor was hit with racist graffiti and vandalism
A POPULAR park in Bradford was hit by a wave of vandalism over the weekend, including racist graffiti.
News of the damage, which occurred at Harold Park, Low Moor, was greeted with disgust. People are encouraged to contact the park’s group of friends or contact the police if they see anything else.
Posted on Sunday, the group said: “We are extremely saddened to say that we had to report two incidents of vandalism to police this weekend. Yesterday we reported some particularly nasty graffiti that cannot be tolerated and today we reported vandalism on the Sensory Garden sign and some houses in the Fairy Garden.
Volunteers worked to remove the graffiti, while repairs were made to the damaged fairy houses.
Councilor Angela Tait (Lab, Royds), who is also president of the Friends of Harold Park group, expressed her dismay and said it was rare for such things to happen in the park. She alerted the Council cleaning team to clean up any remaining signs of graffiti and said officials “are not welcome in our park.”
“It is not acceptable, it will not be tolerated. It’s a hate crime, ”said Cllr Tait, who called the vile graffiti“ explosive ”and“ really upsetting, because of the hate, the message behind it ”.
Cllr Tait added: “It’s a different level, for me it’s not just your usual vandalism.”
Other damage was also uncovered, making the situation all the more maddening for the group and army of volunteers who devote time to the park.
Cllr Tait said, “To perform within 24 hours of each other, it makes it really overwhelming for the people who are visiting, for the members who put so much effort into organizing things for the people. We hope this is an isolated incident.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Police received reports of criminal damage at Harold Park over the weekend, relating to graffiti and damage to ornaments. The incident involving the graffiti was recorded as a racist offense, due to the language used.
Police are now working to find those responsible and anyone with information is urged to contact the South Bradford Police Team on 101, or using the West Yorkshire Police website. Information may also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.