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Polish Embassy 'shocked and deeply concerned' by alleged incidents of xenophobic abuse

The Polish cultural centre in Hammersmith was allegedly daubed with offensive graffiti Credit: PA

The Polish Embassy in London has said it is "shocked and deeply concerned" by alleged incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community, in the wake of the Brexit vote.

A number of incidents have been reported including two cases in Hammersmith in London and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, which police are investigating.

On Saturday, laminated cards reading "Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin" were allegedly delivered to members of the Polish community in Huntingdon.

Scotland Yard has said it is investigating after reports of "racially motivated criminal damage" at the Polish Centre in Hammersmith. Police have also increased patrols in the area.

Andy Slaughter, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, tweeted that he was disgusted by the "outrageous act".

In a statement, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, urged all nationals "who fall victim of xenophobic abuse and on all witnesses to report such incidents".

We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage.

The Polish Embassy is in contact with relevant institutions, and local police are already investigating the two most widely reported cases in Hammersmith, London, and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

We would like to thank for all the messages of support and solidarity with the Polish community expressed by the British public.

– Embassy of Poland statement

The Polish Ambassador to Britain, Witold Sobkow, has also urged politicians to condemn what he described as "hate motivated acts".

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