Home News Police investigate hate crime as graffiti scrawled on rainbow crossing

Police investigate hate crime as graffiti scrawled on rainbow crossing

37
0

Police are investigating a ‘suspected hate crime’ after vandals scrawled over Bristol’s first rainbow crossing.

The colourful crossing appeared on Wine Street, near Castle Park, last week to mark the return of Bristol Pride.

But just two days after it was painted big black graffiti appeared on it, seemingly saying “Jesus Loves Sinners.”

Read more: Drunk mum crashes Volkswagen Polo into cars at 5am

The ‘act of hate’ rightly sparked outrage in Bristol with the council saying it will ‘not be tolerated,’ and reporting it as criminal damage. The graffiti was cleared the same day.

Now, police say the ‘suspected hate crime’ is under investigation and CCTV enquiries are being carried out.

A police spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing following a suspected hate crime in Bristol last week.

“We received a report on Friday, July 2 that a rainbow-coloured crossing in Wine Street had been left with graffiti earlier that day at about 7.55am.

“A PCSO subsequently attended the scene but by which point the graffiti had disappeared.

“CCTV enquiries are being carried out in an attempt to identify the person(s) responsible.

“Witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, should call 101 and give reference number 5221150737.”



A rainbow crossing has been painted on Wine Street to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community
A rainbow crossing has been painted on Wine Street to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community

The crossing was painted on June 30, and is located near to where the Pride march usually gets underway.

But this year’s parade had to be cancelled due to a delay to the roadmap out of lockdown.

Bristol Pride organiser Daryn Carter MBE said: “[The crossing] is a very real and permanent sign that Bristol City Council is committed to LGBT+ equality and to Bristol Pride. Visibility for the community is still an issue and the impact of Covid has meant we are all feeling isolated and disconnected from each other.

“The crossing will be a positive, unmissable reminder to celebrate diversity in all its forms and for us all to step up and stand up against prejudice and hate as we keep striving towards creating a better society for all.”

Previous articleHuge pop-up bars perfect for summer cocktails open in Bristol
Next articleVaccine centre map: Where to find Covid vaccine clinics near you

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here