Somerset

Swastika sprayed on Somerset company's building

Vandals who spray-painted a black swastika on the front door of a Somerset company are being sought be police.

The sign was also painted on the side of a van at Henshaw Inflatables at the Tythings commercial centre in Wincanton.

The incident happened between 1700 GMT on Sunday and 0800 GMT on Monday

Police said a "thorough investigation" was taking place to catch the offenders and appealed for witnesses.

Wincanton beat manager, Pc Andrew Brown, said it was a "pointless act" which would not be tolerated.

Cause upset

"Graffiti is never acceptable as it costs the owner time and money to repair their property.

"The nature of this graffiti makes this a particularly serious offence. It is not known why they chose that image but it is clearly one which could cause upset and distress to local residents."

Henshaw makes inflatable products for the marine industry.

Managing director Chris Hornidge said he had first wondered if the graffiti had been left by a disgruntled worker.

"That was my immediate reaction, but speaking to local police, they said it had happened elsewhere," he said.

He said the swastikas had been removed with special thinners used in their business.

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