Police chief ‘disheartened’ by hate-related graffiti

London Police Chief Steve Williams. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

London’s chief of police is expressing disappointment after hate-related graffiti was discovered at a north London park.

Accoring to London police, the “graffiti-style property damage” was discovered at a park on South Wenige Drive on Tuesday. Police say the damage consisted of hate-related symbols and words that were painted on playground equipment.

“We are disheartened to learn of this reprehensible incident, particularly given the symbolism behind the hateful images and words depicted and the fact it involved children’s playground equipment” Police Chief Steve Williams said in a statement released to the media on Tuesday afternoon. “We would like to thank members of the community who brought this to our attention. The London Police Service condemns all acts of hatred and violence toward any individuals or groups in our community. We will continue to thoroughly investigate all incidents of this nature, and apply charges as appropriate.”

Police are asking the public for information that could lead to arrests of those responsible for the graffiti.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers.