Swastika mystery in Aberystwyth

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A series of alledged antisemitic attacks are being investigated by police in a Welsh seaside town where strictly Orthodox Jews were on holiday.

Officers in Aberystwyth responded to reports of swastikas painted on grass and sheets of paper daubed with the Nazi symbol being scattered near a student village where dozens of Chasidic Jews were staying.

But Dyfed-Powys police said they had found no evidence of the grass incident and had received no complaints from the Jewish visitors.

On Sunday last week, 30 sheets of paper with swastikas printed on them were found on a road close to Ynyslas beach. It was thought they had been thrown from a window.

The following day, officers were told a swastika had been painted on grass outside a golf course in nearby Borth. But when officers went to the scene, they found no evidence and residents said they knew nothing about it.

The Cambrian News reported that witnesses had also seen a group of youths walking through the town centre making Heil Hitler salutes.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Officers were aware that a large number of Jewish people are visiting the area at present, but we’ve had no complaints from them.

“Obviously, the papers with the swastikas on them could have caused alarm and distress, therefore we are investigating.

“We would emphasise that hate crime and racial incidents will not be tolerated and appropriate action will be taken against any offenders.”

A Community Security Trust spokesman said: “These antisemitic incidents are a sad reminder of bigotry in our society and are to be condemned.”

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