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Racist graffiti daubed outside Leeds synagogue

Racist graffiti has been daubed on a sign outside a synagogue in Leeds.

Police are investigating the antisemitic messages as a hate crime after they they appeared in the heart of a Jewish neighbourhood.

The racist abuse, including a swastika along with an offensive derogatory term for Jewish people, was discovered at Etz Chaim synagogue in Alwoodley, North Leeds last night (October 11).

NW Friends of Israel tweeted a picture of the graffiti, saying: "This happened in Leeds last night. Whether it's left wing or right wing anti Semitism (sic) it's abhorrent.

The Community Security Trust, a charity working against antisemitism and racism in British society, said in a statement: "CST is working closely with Etz Chaim Synagogue and with the police regarding the antisemitic graffiti that was discovered on the property this morning.

"As you might expect such vile graffiti in a prominent location in the heart of the Jewish community has caused widespread upset and concern."

Graffiti was also sprayed on the floor outside the synagogue

"At 8:41am today, police received a report of anti-Semitic graffiti at the Etz Chaim Synagogue, in Harrogate Road, Leeds.

"Officers attended the scene and a hate crime has been recorded and is under investigation.

"Officers are aware of the incident and are increasing their patrols of the area to reassure the community and are liaising with key representatives.

"The incident is believed to have happened overnight. "Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact us via 10."

– West Yorkshire Police spokesman