A teenager has been charged in connection with racist graffiti along with four other offences of criminal damage in Bury St Edmunds.
The racist graffiti was found in an alleyway near Waitrose, having been spray painted overnight between Monday and Tuesday.
The criminal damage, all involving graffiti, also took place over the same night and were targeted at St Edmund’s Catholic Church in Westgate Street, a parked car in St Andrew’s Street South, a car park stairwell in the arc’s Charter Square and on the side of Debenhams’ store in Charter Square.
The graffiti on the 178-year-old St Edmund’s was over its recently cleaned Grecian-style pillars and stonework around the entrance, where it upset hundreds of worshippers arriving for the Ash Wednesday church services.
The graffiti included a first name.
Suffolk Police said today that a 17-year-old boy, of no fixed abode, has been charged with one count of racially aggravated criminal damage and four counts of criminal damage.
He was bailed to appear at West Suffolk Youth Court on Wednesday March 11.