London, June 26 (IANS) British police on Sunday started investigating various incidents involving racist messages against the country’s Polish community that appeared after the ‘Brexit’ win in Thursday’s European Union referendum.
A spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police said they were looking into the possible origin of xenophobic graffiti found on Hammersmith district’s Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK), Efe news reported.
Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire County Police are examining racist leaflets distributed among mailboxes belonging to residents of Polish descent in the town of Huntingdon, which said: “Leave the EU, no more Polish vermin.”
The former chairwoman of the Conservative Party, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, denounced the escalation of racist incidents and hate crimes, urging “Brexit” supporters to intervene and put forward a positive vision of a “united” country which is “both stable and secure”.
Warsi switched from backing a “Leave” vote to “Remain” after a perceived increase in xenophobic and anti-immigration sentiments among “Brexit” boosters.
On June 16, pro-EU Labour MP Jo Cox, 41, was murdered in northern England by a man with alleged neo-nazi ties, who, during his first court appearance, declared his name “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”.