Police are investigating “hateful behaviour” after several Pride banners were scrawled with anti-Pride graffiti, attacked and damaged in Gloucestershire. The Mail has the story.
Investigating officers from Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information about the attacks which are being treated as suspected hate crimes.
One of the pictured banners has “we don’t want this crap” written on it while another reads: “Protect the kids from this evil.”
The first incident happened outside Gloucester Quays shopping centre on Saturday June 10th. Police say a man scrawled homophobic graffiti on a Pride banner at around 7.45am.
Then, just two days later, two men and an older woman pulled down three vinyl banners outside of the shopping centre at around 4.35pm. They fled in the direction of Southgate Street.
PC Steph Lawrence, County Hate Crime Coordinator at Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: “We will not stand for this harmful rhetoric or hateful behaviour which aims to intimidate and hurt our communities.”