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Shock and anger as antisemitic graffiti found in children’s playground

Nazi swastika and vile anti-Jewish slogans amongst openly racist insults daubed at playground in Rochester, Kent

    Antisemitic graffiti has been discovered daubed in a children’s playground in Rochester, Kent.

    A father walking his young daughter to school on Monday morning is reported to have discovered the pro-Hitler messages at the local Jackson’s playing field.

    Darren Kett, 44, a warehouse worker, posted photos of the offensive graffiti on social media – and demanded that Chatham council have it removed as quickly as possible.

    The father-of-three from Rochester wrote: “You don’t expect to see this sort of thing anywhere let along a place where kids go to play."

    One of the messages read “F*** Jews” accompanied with a Nazi swastika. 

    Another displayed the numbers and letters “14/88 WPWW”.

    The number 14 is a reference to a white power slogan using 14 different words, while 88 is neo-Nazi numerical code for the slogan “Heil Hitler” with the eight referring to “H”, the eighth letter of the alphabet.

    A further message was said to be a racial slur directed at black people. 

    Ivor Caplin, former Labour defence minister and Hove MP, and current south-east chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, condemned the perpetrators and demanded that“Kent police take this seriously and find the antisemitic scum who did this”.

    Vince Maple, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Chatham & Aylesford, labelled those responsible as “total scumbags… especially around Holocaust Memorial Day.”

    The JC has contacted Kent Police and Chatham council for comment.

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