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Police step up the hunt for Islamophobic graffiti artist.

Byline: Jasbir Authi Staff Reporter jasbir.authi@trinitymirror.com

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they want to question in relation to a spate of Islamophobic graffiti attacks in Birmingham.

The racist messages, which have appeared along Kings Heath High Street, have shocked and annoyed the local community.

Hate-filled messages were left at a bus stop outside Card Factory between May 15-18 and between June 3-10, where the words 'No More Mosques, Scum of The Earth' were scrawled on a telephone kiosk.

Investigating officer PC Andy Collis said: "The graffiti has appeared several times over some months and is religiously aggravated.

"As well as causing offence to members of the public, removal of the insults is also incurring costs to the relevant agencies.

"Mindless hate of this kind has no place in 21st century Birmingham and we are doing all we can to find the culprit."

The crimes have appalled the community and local teenager Luke Holland, aged 18, even altered the racist meaning of the remarks from offensive to positive, when they first appeared in February.

He also added a peace sign and a heart to illustrate his point.

Unfortunately there have been four further racist graffiti attacks.

As soon as the words are scrubbed off, they appear again.

Luke said: "The same words are written over and over again, in communal locations, in bus stops and telephone boxes.

"Obviously it's not a nice thing to happen and I've been talking to a number of residents who are concerned and one of them said to me that they've never seen any racist graffiti like this and they feel scared."

The incidents have also inspired Mr Holland to hold a 'Diversity Day' possibly in August.

He added: "Kings Heath is a lovely area and we all get along. This is a one-off and it doesn't speak of the community."

Anyone affected by hate crime can report it to police on 101 or via the internet at http:// www.report-it.org.uk

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