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'Threatening graffiti' sprayed outside home of Bristol mayor Marvin Rees

An alleged threat was made against Marvin Rees Photo: ITV News West Country

Police are investigating after threats were made against the mayor and deputy mayor of Bristol.

An offensive message was sprayed on a wall near mayor Marvin Rees’ home in Carlyle Road, Greenbank, at the weekend.

Avon and Somerset Police said a 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment.

The threat against Mr Rees was allegedly sprayed on a wall near his home address Credit: ITV News West Country

In a statement, a force spokesperson said: “We’re carrying out an investigation into criminal damage and malicious/offensive social media posts.

“Threatening graffiti was sprayed outside a property in the Greenbank area of Bristol overnight on Friday 11 January into Saturday, January 12.

“A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and he’s been released on bail with conditions until early February.

“The victim is being offered all the help and support they need.”

The alleged threat against Mr Rees comes after deputy mayor Asher Craig revealed she had received death threats over plans to revamp an area in Bristol city centre.

Bristol City Council is considering removing a giant sculpture of a bear from the Bearpit Credit: Google

Cllr Craig wants to reduce anti-social behaviour in an area known as the Bearpit, which is situated underneath St James Barton roundabout.

Bristol City Council is considering removing a giant sculpture of a bear - despite thousands signing a petition calling for it to stay.

At a council meeting on Tuesday, January 15, Ms Craig revealed she had been threatened by "extremists" opposed to the plans.