Swastika was scrawled in area of police station accessible only to staff

November, 2019
United Kingdom (England)

A suspected far-right sympathiser is feared at large in the Metropolitan police, having got away with scrawling a swastika in a secure area of a police station, the Guardian has learned.

The hate crime was not made public by Britain’s largest force at the time and the culprit has not been caught.

The swastika was found in February drawn on an inside wall at Edmonton police station in Enfield, north London, in an area only accessible to officers and staff.

The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said it had not been informed of the incident nor made aware of Scotland Yard’s investigation into it.

The Met said it had launched a thorough investigation into the swastika graffiti, which it had classed as a faith-based hate crime, but could not identify the perpetrator.

The former chief superintendent Victor Olisa, head of diversity at Scotland Yard from 2016-17 and former commander of the borough of Haringey, said: “How can this happen in a part of the station where only officers and staff go, and someone feels confident enough to draw a swastika in a police station.

“People have been saying things are getting worse on diversity and equality in the Met.

“It could be someone with far-right sympathies who is confident to express that in a secure part of a police station.”

Source: The Guardian