A rise in racist graffiti across Denton has sparked Tameside Council and the police to team up with a crime charity to offer a cash reward to catch those involved.
Nine incidents of racist graffiti have been reported in Tameside since January 21 this year which are believed to be the work of two individuals, officers disclosed today.
The independent charity Crimestoppers, a platform which allows users to report crime anonymously, has pledged to pay up to £1,000 for information which leads to the arrest and charge of the individuals involved.
Graffiti has been written on a number of wooden signs in Hulme’s Wood, a defibrillator in Denton, and on a snowy windscreen in Victoria Street over the past three months.
North West Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, Gary Murray, said: “Denton, like the rest of Tameside and Greater Manchester, does not tolerate hurtful, racist and bigoted graffiti appearing in public areas and spaces.
“We take this very seriously and are determined to help find out who is involved so that we can put a stop to whoever is writing these shocking, hateful messages.
“Racist graffiti is illegal and is designed to scare and intimidate and stir up racial hatred.
“But we know how important community cohesion is, which is why I’m urging anyone with information who may not want to speak directly to the police to remember that Crimestoppers, as a charity, is here to help. You do have options.
“We all need to work together to help keep Tameside as a safe place for all communities to live, work and stay.
“Your information, however apparently small, may make a huge difference.”
Crimestoppers receive thousands of messages from the public every day, they never take personal details from their informants and guarantee that the information they have been trusted with will remain 100% anonymous.
If you know who is behind this racist graffiti appearing in Denton, please reach out to the police or Crimestoppers via an anonymous online form on https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call them on 0800 555 111.