Telford shop ‘targets hate crime as offensive graffiti left on shutters’

An Eastern European store was the target of a suspected hate crime when offensive graffiti was left on the store’s shutters, police said. Cops believe the Sofia Eastern European food store in Telford was vandalized in the early hours of Sunday April 10.

Officers did not reveal what was written or drawn in the graffiti, but said the Meadow Close store, Trench, was attacked around 3am. Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to come forward immediately.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: ‘Police are appealing for witnesses after a shop front in Telford was vandalized in a suspected hate crime. ‘East Sofia at Meadow Close, Trench was targeted in the early hours of Sunday (April 10) where offensive graffiti was left on the shutters of the store.’

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They added: “Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who was in the area around 3am who may have information to assist them in their investigations.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or who may have CCTV or dash cam footage, is asked to contact West Mercia Police quoting Incident 333i of April 10 2022 by visiting our website https://www.westmercia.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/.

“Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It’s 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or your IP address. You can contact at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or 0800 555 111.”

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