Man arrested for Southport hate crime incident. April 20th, 2013 onscene Latest News Shares Comments Merseyside Police can confirm that a 47-year-old man was arrested (Friday, 19 April) in connection with a hate crime incident. Officer arrested the 47-year-old on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage. The man has been questioned by officers and released on bail pending further enquiries. Original Story – Merseyside Police can confirm it is investigating an incident of hate crime in Southport that was reported on Monday, 15 April. Officers were called at around 7am after receiving a report that racist graffiti had been discovered on the front of a property on Eamont Avenue. The complainant believes the graffiti was sprayed during the night. House to house enquiries have been carried out and officers are arranged for the graffiti to be removed. Specialist detectives from the Sefton Sigma hate crime unit are investigating the incident due to the nature of the graffiti and have maintained contact with the victim since the report was made. Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and urge residents in the area to come forward with any information, however insignificant it may seem, in case it can help with the investigation. Detective Chief Inspector David Rooney, said: “We will not tolerate hate crimes being committed against members of our community and everything possible is being done to investigate this incident. “Incidents of this nature, while very rare are exceptionally upsetting for the victims, and we are working hard to identify the offenders. “We believe the graffiti was sprayed on late Sunday night or in the early hours of Monday morning so we would appeal to local residents to come forward if they saw anything suspicious or have any other information. “Witnesses can pass information to the police anonymously if need be, through Crimestoppers, and information will always be acted on. “Everyone has the right to live peacefully within their community and to go about their daily lives without harassment from others just because they are perceived to be different. We will take the strongest possible action against those who behaved in this unacceptable way.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Sefton’s Sigma hate crime unit on 0151 777 3020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Related Comments comments!