Blackpool artist and youth worker horrified to discover Swastika graffiti near Preston's UCLan campus

A Blackpool artist and youth worker was appalled to discover a swastika spray painted on a wall near the UCLan campus in Preston.

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 17th February 2022, 1:05 pm

The hateful symbol was found daubed on the wall of a house at the bottom of Moor Lane yesterday (Tuesday, February 15).

Brendan Bunting, an artist and youth worker from Blackpool, said he was 'deeply concerned' when he came across the Nazi emblem whilst walking through the city in the evening.

The swastika is most often associated with Nazism, antisemitism and white supremacy, and its use can be considered a hate crime.

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"This is dark stuff, like from the 1970s," said Brendan, who for years has used art as a form of activism to promote social justice, as well as to educate and engage young people on social issues.

"It’s deeply concerning to see such racist graffiti in this day and age. Let alone in a multicultural and strong community like Preston."

Last year, reports of anti-Jewish hate incidents hit a record high in the UK. The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that monitors antisemitism, recorded 2,255 incidents across the country.

Brendan added: "I thought we had moved away from such racism. But sadly, anti-semitic attacks seem to be on the rise.

The hateful symbol was found daubed on the wall of a house at the bottom of Moor Lane yesterday (Tuesday, February 15)

"As a country we should embrace and celebrate what makes us different. As underneath the skin colour, away from the religion, we are all the same.

"It’s important that we treat all forms of racism as abhorrent, they have no place in modern society."

Lancashire Police said it is aware of the graffiti and it is under investigation.

The Post reported the graffiti to Preston City Council and its street cleaning team has swiftly removed it.

"This is like dark stuff from the 1970s," said Brendan, who for years has used art as a form of activism to promote social justice and cohesion, as well as to educate and engage young people on social issues

Councillor Robert Boswell said: "The council have been made aware of offensive graffiti on a Preston property. As always, the street cleaning team acted fast and did an excellent job in removing it as quickly as possible.

"It is important that any behaviour such as this is reported to the council quickly. If you see any graffiti within Preston, please report it immediately either online or by calling our ‘One Stop Shop'’.

You can make a report online here or call the Council on 01772 906909.