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Peace party held in Bristol after racist attacks

Peace party at Filwood play park
Image caption The party was organised by the community to support the families targeted in racist attacks

A peace party and community picnic has been held in response to a number of recent racist attacks in Bristol.

Bricks were thrown at windows and racist graffiti sprayed on walls of houses in Filwood in mid-June, earlier in July and again last week.

The event was organised by the community to support the families who were targeted.

Police said the victims were "not UK nationals" and were treating the incidents as racially motivated.

Image caption Jaya Chakrabati said they were creating a message book to give to the families

Resident and organiser Jaya Chakrabati, said: "This idea actually came out of the United We Stand Bristol facebook group, which is for people who voted in and out [of the EU] who realised there was something happening in the community.

"So, the event in itself is a peaceful small gathering, really to allow them to express their support. Some people are showing up and staying the duration for the picnic, which is lovely.

"Others who have other things to do will be popping in and signing the message book which we will be presenting to the police to give to the victims afterwards."

Image caption The houses in Bideford Crescent have been targeted more than once
Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Police said "horrendous and vile" racist graffiti was painted on the house

Insp Nigel Colston, from Avon and Somerset Police, described the attack as "vile" and said it was the "worst incident" he had seen in 10 years of policing the area.

A £1,000 reward, has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers, for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.

The peace party and picnic took place at Filwood Broadway play park.

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