RACISM: Community condemns graffiti

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CITY police and ethnic leaders today condemned yobs who scrawled racist graffiti close to the scene of Ross Parker's murder.

CITY police and ethnic leaders today condemned yobs who scrawled racist graffiti close to the scene of Ross Parker's murder.They moved quickly to reassure residents that the slogans did not reflect an increase in racial tension in the area.

The daubings were found near the footpath at Bourges Boulevard where teenager Ross (17) was stabbed to death.

The vandals had scrawled: "No-go area for whites", "Paki powa", and "Death to whites".

As reported in The Evening Telegraph, Ahmed Ali Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, will serve 18 years, and Shaied Nazir (22), of Cromwell Road, and Sarfraz Ali (25), of Harris Street, will both serve 16 years.

All three were found guilty of murder.

Justice Sir Edwin Jowitt QC described the tragedy as a "racist killing".

Community leaders of all backgrounds praised residents for not reacting to the convictions in Northampton Crown Court last year.

Today they were saddened that thugs had tried to provoke racial violence nearly two years after Ross's tragic death.

City Cllr Harmesh Lakhanpaul, leader of the Peterborough Racial Equality Council, said: "There is a small minority of mindless yobs who spray this kind of racist graffiti and not realise the potential damage they could do.

"I believe the people of Peterborough will condemn these individuals, and will not want to have anything to do with their message."

Acting Chief Superintendent David Hankins dismissed any suggestion that the city centre underpass was a no-go area for white people.

He said: "There is nothing happening in that part of the city that should prevent anyone from going there."

He added: "I condemn any racist or inflammatory graffiti anywhere.

"We are confident that the vast majority of the community will be horrified and offended by these slogans and will condemn them wholeheartedly."

Both Cllr Lakhanpaul and Acting Chief Supt Hankins contacted the Peterborough City Council graffiti-busting team, who promptly removed the slogans.

Victim's dad left sad and angry

ROSS Parker's father said he was saddened by the racist graffiti left near the scene of his son's tragic death.

Tony Parker said: "I think it's disgraceful. I don't like graffiti anyway, but this is really out of order.

"It's a minority of scumbags within a community and I don't think it represents the feelings of the majority.

"Ross's death was a hard-earned lesson, which people don't seem to have learned.

"People commit crimes, they get caught and punished, and other people still seem to follow suit. It makes me sad and angry."