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Swastikas and anti-Jewish graffiti found daubed on buildings and vehicles in Essex town

VANDALS have sprayed-painted cars and garages with swastikas and anti-Semitism messages in a disgusting attack as the country observed Remembrance Day.

Residents in Canvey Island, Essex woke up on Sunday to find the Nazi symbolism and words "Jews out" across vehicles and a garage door on three different streets.

 Residents in Canvey Island were horrified to find anti-Semitic messages spray-painted on a car
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Residents in Canvey Island were horrified to find anti-Semitic messages spray-painted on a carCredit: Twitter
 This vehicle had a swastika spray-painted on it
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This vehicle had a swastika spray-painted on itCredit: BPM Media

Canvey is known for its proud Jewish links, with a large orthodox community settling in the area over the past few years.

The appalling imagery, which also includes a cartoon penis, is believed to have been painted on early Sunday morning.

The vile imagery was discovered just hours before the royal family and politicians paid tribute to the war dead at the Cenotaph in London with thousands of veterans and servicemen and women.

Essex Police have said they are interested in speaking to a man who was seen between 2.15am and 3.45am.

They said they received eight reports of anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic graffiti and are treating it as a hate crime.

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Holly Roache, who lives on Ferrymead, took a photo of her neighbours' car which was vandalised.

She said: "There's a car at the entrance of our road that's been targeted and also in other areas."

The swastika became a symbol of white supremacy after it was adopted by Hitler's Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s.

Police went door-to-door today to 250 homes to reassure residents after the horrific graffiti was found.

Sergeant Victoria Jarvis, of Castle Point and Rochford’s Community Policing Team, said: “This marks an incredibly sad day for Canvey Island.

"This community has welcomed people of all backgrounds, races and religions, and for someone to publicly declare hatred of certain members of society, and damage property in doing so, is unacceptable.

“We’ve been working closely with local residents today to raise awareness of hate crime, gather information, and have maintained a visible presence in the area to deter any further criminal activity.

"We’re particularly keen to speak to a man who was seen in Southwalters between 2.15am and 3.45am.

"He is described as being white, around 6ft 2ins tall and wore a light-coloured jacket, jogging bottoms and trainers with a reflective strip on the back. ”

Police are appealing for information about the incident to call 101 and quote incident number 307 of 10 November.

 A penis was also spray-painted on a garage door
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A penis was also spray-painted on a garage doorCredit: BPM Media
 This homeowner was also victim to the vile imagery
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This homeowner was also victim to the vile imageryCredit: BPM Media
 This van was also spray-painted in the Essex town
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This van was also spray-painted in the Essex townCredit: BPM Media