UPDATED: Race hate vandals strike near Birkenhead mosque

The graffiti in Sycamore Road

The graffiti in Sycamore Road

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HATE crime vandals spray-painted racial slurs over homes near Birkenhead's mosque.

The area surrounding the Borough Road mosque was targeted at the weekend with offensive graffiti such as “Islam = Murder" and "Britain for the British."

The graffiti - painted onto walls in Sycamore Road and Mounsey Road, Birkenhead - has sparked outrage among local residents.

One householder contacted the Globe via email to express disgust at the attack.

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It is completely out of order, how can some bigoted people come in and think they can get away with this?

"They clearly don’t know much about the area because I am a white European, as are a lot of my neighbours.

"Of course, there are some ethnic minorities also living here but why should they have to put up with this sort of thing?

“I sincerely hope the culprits are caught and dealt with accordingly.”

Police say that following house-to-house inquiries, two males, aged 17 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

The men have been released on police bail pending further inquiries and the outcome of forensic results.

A spokesman said: "Merseyside Police do not tolerate any form of racist beheviour and would urge anyone who has any information on hate crime to contact us."

You can call police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:41pm Mon 18 Apr 11

Brettblade says...

It is 45 years since I lived in Mounsey Road but if anyone had written anything on our houses us kids would have known about it. Our dads would have redecorated the houses of the culprits with the same paint used to coat the outside of the nuclear submarines then being built at Cammel Lairds. Somebody knows who did this and it is racism which is keeping them quiet. Adults have better things to do with their time but the kids who probably did it, have heard the comments they daubed on the walls from the adults around them
It is 45 years since I lived in Mounsey Road but if anyone had written anything on our houses us kids would have known about it. Our dads would have redecorated the houses of the culprits with the same paint used to coat the outside of the nuclear submarines then being built at Cammel Lairds. Somebody knows who did this and it is racism which is keeping them quiet. Adults have better things to do with their time but the kids who probably did it, have heard the comments they daubed on the walls from the adults around them Brettblade
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6:46am Tue 19 Apr 11

Ben Beaconsfield says...

I was also born and bred in this area.
I would never ever condone this sort of racial hatred.
However, the Asian community who use this mosque show no signs of integrating with their fellow-residents of Wirral. Month after month additional families move in to what was once an all-white lower middle class area of Birkenhead known as Clifton Park. I hate to use the words "little Calcutta" but to many this is just as the area now seems. Surely this can't be good for race relations, with a growing number of immigrant families concentrated on such a small area.
Furthermore, the secrecy surrounding the conversion of a council-owned building (Beechcroft in Whetstone Lane) into a mosque in itself arouses suspicion. Why is its cost (after all, it is owned by all the people of Wirral, not just the tiny Muslim community) not allowed to be published on the grounds of 'commercial sensitivity'?
This whole issue needs to be addressed before we allow a major race relations problem to develop in front of our eyes.
Sorry if this sounds barking mad - I am not BNP or anything like it. I just love my home town and am very concerned about these developments.
I was also born and bred in this area. I would never ever condone this sort of racial hatred. However, the Asian community who use this mosque show no signs of integrating with their fellow-residents of Wirral. Month after month additional families move in to what was once an all-white lower middle class area of Birkenhead known as Clifton Park. I hate to use the words "little Calcutta" but to many this is just as the area now seems. Surely this can't be good for race relations, with a growing number of immigrant families concentrated on such a small area. Furthermore, the secrecy surrounding the conversion of a council-owned building (Beechcroft in Whetstone Lane) into a mosque in itself arouses suspicion. Why is its cost (after all, it is owned by all the people of Wirral, not just the tiny Muslim community) not allowed to be published on the grounds of 'commercial sensitivity'? This whole issue needs to be addressed before we allow a major race relations problem to develop in front of our eyes. Sorry if this sounds barking mad - I am not BNP or anything like it. I just love my home town and am very concerned about these developments. Ben Beaconsfield
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10:09am Tue 19 Apr 11

bickyboy says...

You've hit the nail on the head, Ben. Labour started this unfolding disaster by encouraging tens--nay, hundreds of thousands of immigrants to flood into Britain without allowing councils any time or resources to prepare for their arrival. When the immigrants got here they were probably uncomfortable, intimidated, not least by the weather; so they quite naturally sought the comfort, proximity and company of others of their kind. Thus gigantic new communities built up which had little or no contact with indigenous Britons, fostering suspicion on the part of the host population and playing into the hands of the goons who committed this act of vandalism. The shutting down of any discussion of immigration by the pro-multiculture bullies allowed the problem of non integration to develop and fester for a decade, to the stage where it is now almost irreversible.

Government was responsible for this mess, government should be sorting it out. Immigration should be halted forthwith except for highly skilled workers, and councils should be given funding to carry out the directions of an Integration Czar, with a remit to construct and implement policies to bring communities and their understanding of each others' wants, needs and priorities much closer. The Czar should not be picked from the ranks of the equality fiends, a self serving bunch of people who in many cases are every bit as prejudiced towards their own interests as those whose bigotry they are meant to combat. He or she should be of no particular political persuasion, with no agenda except that of Britons in general, regardless of their origin or character. Shouldnt be too difficult to find a suitable candidate. Trouble is, most of the best candidates are now getting on a bit. David Owen, Paddy Ashdown, etc.
You've hit the nail on the head, Ben. Labour started this unfolding disaster by encouraging tens--nay, hundreds of thousands of immigrants to flood into Britain without allowing councils any time or resources to prepare for their arrival. When the immigrants got here they were probably uncomfortable, intimidated, not least by the weather; so they quite naturally sought the comfort, proximity and company of others of their kind. Thus gigantic new communities built up which had little or no contact with indigenous Britons, fostering suspicion on the part of the host population and playing into the hands of the goons who committed this act of vandalism. The shutting down of any discussion of immigration by the pro-multiculture bullies allowed the problem of non integration to develop and fester for a decade, to the stage where it is now almost irreversible. Government was responsible for this mess, government should be sorting it out. Immigration should be halted forthwith except for highly skilled workers, and councils should be given funding to carry out the directions of an Integration Czar, with a remit to construct and implement policies to bring communities and their understanding of each others' wants, needs and priorities much closer. The Czar should not be picked from the ranks of the equality fiends, a self serving bunch of people who in many cases are every bit as prejudiced towards their own interests as those whose bigotry they are meant to combat. He or she should be of no particular political persuasion, with no agenda except that of Britons in general, regardless of their origin or character. Shouldnt be too difficult to find a suitable candidate. Trouble is, most of the best candidates are now getting on a bit. David Owen, Paddy Ashdown, etc. bickyboy
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5:25pm Tue 19 Apr 11

BarneyMcGrew says...

So what bickerboy and ben are saying is that everyone should be just like them.
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News for you Ben: 'I am not BNP or anything like it. I just love my home town and am very concerned about these developments.' What developments? People you dont know who eat different food? You are typical of the kind of casual racist that Wirral is infested with. Get a life!
So what bickerboy and ben are saying is that everyone should be just like them. . News for you Ben: 'I am not BNP or anything like it. I just love my home town and am very concerned about these developments.' What developments? People you dont know who eat different food? You are typical of the kind of casual racist that Wirral is infested with. Get a life! BarneyMcGrew
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8:58am Wed 20 Apr 11

bickyboy says...

Predictably shrill reaction from this forum's own resident "Speaking Leftie Clock".
What time is it? Time for some accusations of racism, because we're discussing immigration!
With friends like you, Slumdog, which immigrant needs an enemy?
Predictably shrill reaction from this forum's own resident "Speaking Leftie Clock". What time is it? Time for some accusations of racism, because we're discussing immigration! With friends like you, Slumdog, which immigrant needs an enemy? bickyboy
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10:32am Wed 20 Apr 11

red devil says...

This is indicative of the times we live in and the lack of any attempt by certain so called minorities to integrate. It is also indicative of the problems which will only get worse because our successive governments have refused to tackle the situation of immigration. Labnour had an open door policy because they were scared. France recently told Italy that any immigrants on their soil was THEIR problem - so then why does France have camps in Calais from which they push economic immigrants our way?
This is indicative of the times we live in and the lack of any attempt by certain so called minorities to integrate. It is also indicative of the problems which will only get worse because our successive governments have refused to tackle the situation of immigration. Labnour had an open door policy because they were scared. France recently told Italy that any immigrants on their soil was THEIR problem - so then why does France have camps in Calais from which they push economic immigrants our way? red devil
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10:38am Wed 20 Apr 11

keef666 says...

Just want to say, and who sell all the booze to underage kids,
Then you see the empty cans dumped in every street these days!
Just want to say, and who sell all the booze to underage kids, Then you see the empty cans dumped in every street these days! keef666
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1:21pm Wed 20 Apr 11

Ben Beaconsfield says...

Barney McGrew calls me a casual racist of the type which infests Wirral. How offensive. And how completely wrong, as anybody who knows me will testify. He also questions my use of the word 'developments' in relation to the gradual establishment of an immigrant-only area in a part of Birkenhead where I grew up and know well. Yet that is exactly what it is - the development of a part of my home town into an area where people of a different colour, language, religion and culture decide to set up a separate and expanding community and refuse to integrate. This scenario is pure gold for the real racists.
By the way, Barney. They don't eat different food to me.
Barney McGrew calls me a casual racist of the type which infests Wirral. How offensive. And how completely wrong, as anybody who knows me will testify. He also questions my use of the word 'developments' in relation to the gradual establishment of an immigrant-only area in a part of Birkenhead where I grew up and know well. Yet that is exactly what it is - the development of a part of my home town into an area where people of a different colour, language, religion and culture decide to set up a separate and expanding community and refuse to integrate. This scenario is pure gold for the real racists. By the way, Barney. They don't eat different food to me. Ben Beaconsfield
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5:00pm Wed 20 Apr 11

red devil says...

Anybody of the far left wing of politics will auto label anyone who dares to speak differently to their indoctrinated brain, a fascist. Its because they know their cosy little world is being challenged by right thinking people on the street. I have friends who are UK born Asian and they hate the way their 'own kind' categorise themselves into ghetto's, especially near here in Brumistan.
Anybody of the far left wing of politics will auto label anyone who dares to speak differently to their indoctrinated brain, a fascist. Its because they know their cosy little world is being challenged by right thinking people on the street. I have friends who are UK born Asian and they hate the way their 'own kind' categorise themselves into ghetto's, especially near here in Brumistan. red devil
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6:22pm Wed 20 Apr 11

Spiffy says...

"I am a white European, as are a lot of my neighbours"
...
What does that mean, exactly ? That they are an EU immigrant or are some British people not identifying themselves as British any more ?
"I am a white European, as are a lot of my neighbours" ... What does that mean, exactly ? That they are an EU immigrant or are some British people not identifying themselves as British any more ? Spiffy
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9:30pm Wed 20 Apr 11

Positive thinker says...

Britain is for the British! behave
like your british you clowns
Britain is for the British! behave like your british you clowns Positive thinker
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8:42am Sat 23 Apr 11

JaneTa says...

I am White Anglo-Saxon (for those who feel categories are necessary) I have never commented on one of these sites before but felt very strongly after reading comments from people who purport to “know” the area “know” the people and have real insight into what is happening in an area they have never lived in or no longer live in.
I have lived in the area near the Mosque for over 12 years and am also from the area. Ben states that the Asian Community makes no attempt to integrate – I would ask how he knows that to be the case and what efforts he has made to integrate himself with the community (or what knowledge he has of those ‘born and bred’ here have made)
I know many of the Asian families here and their children and have not found any issues with ‘integration’ any more than I would with any other family (White, Chinese, Eastern European, Scottish and Irish - because they live here too you know.) This is not an exclusive community. This is how it goes…your neighbour moves in…you say ‘Good Morning’…’Nice weather we are having….’ This is how I have come to know both Asian and White families
Also the phrase ‘Little Calcultta’ shows real ignorance and barely-veiled racism. If Ben had made efforts to engage and to integrate (in the way he criticises others) I would suspect he would find out that many of the families are from differing backgrounds and come from areas as diverse as Leeds…Birmingham
but I’ve not met one from Calcutta (Calcutta is in India by the way Ben)
Since the families and Mosque has come here there is a real community spirit in the area again which has improved as far as I and my family have DIRECTLY experienced – before they moved here houses were increasingly empty and becoming ruined, there was more hassle from kids on the street (not so now) The area has not been middle class since Victorian times when the houses were built (mine was built in 1836 by a working-class family and the builders and families were Welsh –wonder if they suffered the same prejudices?) In fact the families who have moved in are now taking care of an area that was in decline with a possibility of now making it more middle –class. This is because most of these new families work hard and in fact own their own businesses – the previous residents for the most part did not work and contributed to the decline in the area. As for your comments about tapayers (you seem to suggest Muslims are not taxpayers) Please read previous comment about how hard they work for a living.
Beechcroft is now alive again and for such a long time was in danger of being pulled down to build ugly flats (never an improvement to an area) I for one am really glad that Beechcfort has been taken over by people (taxpayers to boot) who will benefit from it and take care of it in a way that was not happening before.
I am White Anglo-Saxon (for those who feel categories are necessary) I have never commented on one of these sites before but felt very strongly after reading comments from people who purport to “know” the area “know” the people and have real insight into what is happening in an area they have never lived in or no longer live in. I have lived in the area near the Mosque for over 12 years and am also from the area. Ben states that the Asian Community makes no attempt to integrate – I would ask how he knows that to be the case and what efforts he has made to integrate himself with the community (or what knowledge he has of those ‘born and bred’ here have made) I know many of the Asian families here and their children and have not found any issues with ‘integration’ any more than I would with any other family (White, Chinese, Eastern European, Scottish and Irish - because they live here too you know.) This is not an exclusive community. This is how it goes…your neighbour moves in…you say ‘Good Morning’…’Nice weather we are having….’ This is how I have come to know both Asian and White families Also the phrase ‘Little Calcultta’ shows real ignorance and barely-veiled racism. If Ben had made efforts to engage and to integrate (in the way he criticises others) I would suspect he would find out that many of the families are from differing backgrounds and come from areas as diverse as Leeds…Birmingham but I’ve not met one from Calcutta (Calcutta is in India by the way Ben) Since the families and Mosque has come here there is a real community spirit in the area again which has improved as far as I and my family have DIRECTLY experienced – before they moved here houses were increasingly empty and becoming ruined, there was more hassle from kids on the street (not so now) The area has not been middle class since Victorian times when the houses were built (mine was built in 1836 by a working-class family and the builders and families were Welsh –wonder if they suffered the same prejudices?) In fact the families who have moved in are now taking care of an area that was in decline with a possibility of now making it more middle –class. This is because most of these new families work hard and in fact own their own businesses – the previous residents for the most part did not work and contributed to the decline in the area. As for your comments about tapayers (you seem to suggest Muslims are not taxpayers) Please read previous comment about how hard they work for a living. Beechcroft is now alive again and for such a long time was in danger of being pulled down to build ugly flats (never an improvement to an area) I for one am really glad that Beechcfort has been taken over by people (taxpayers to boot) who will benefit from it and take care of it in a way that was not happening before. JaneTa
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9:22am Sun 24 Apr 11

bickyboy says...

Theres enough evidence in the form of eyewitness testimony from others, Jane, to indicate that whilst you speak with obvious authority about your own specific situation, there is definitely a wider issue to be addressed regarding the non integration of immigrant communities.
A friend of mine has had significant hassle over the school holiday period from children who just happen to be white. I suppose I could try to make an argument based on that friend's experience that all white children are loudmouthed, foulmouthed, feral brats, but I wouldn't dream of doing so; and for the same reasons its patently ridiculous to take the problems (perceived or otherwise) of one mixed community and extrapolate them across the entire country without further investigation.
However, its not just one instance of non integration where immigrants are concerned. There's constant chatter on this and other forums, comment in the newspapers ( where and when its allowed by editors who are terrified of the diversity police) and yes, a barrel load of anecdotal evidence, along with a widespread perception amongst the host population of the reluctance of immigrants to integrate; a perception which is feeding the electoral prospects of right wing parties. All in all, that forms a significant empirical basis for the conclusion that we cant ignore this issue any longer.
In my humble opinion, we should certainly not be diverted by the equality fiends and their bullying tactics from the task of encouraging more integration between communities, whether by reaching out to them ourselves or by reluctantly employing officialdom to help us do so. Its in the interests both of the indigenous people of these islands and recent immigrants to ensure something is done, because a future where society divides into ghettoes is no future at all.
Theres enough evidence in the form of eyewitness testimony from others, Jane, to indicate that whilst you speak with obvious authority about your own specific situation, there is definitely a wider issue to be addressed regarding the non integration of immigrant communities. A friend of mine has had significant hassle over the school holiday period from children who just happen to be white. I suppose I could try to make an argument based on that friend's experience that all white children are loudmouthed, foulmouthed, feral brats, but I wouldn't dream of doing so; and for the same reasons its patently ridiculous to take the problems (perceived or otherwise) of one mixed community and extrapolate them across the entire country without further investigation. However, its not just one instance of non integration where immigrants are concerned. There's constant chatter on this and other forums, comment in the newspapers ( where and when its allowed by editors who are terrified of the diversity police) and yes, a barrel load of anecdotal evidence, along with a widespread perception amongst the host population of the reluctance of immigrants to integrate; a perception which is feeding the electoral prospects of right wing parties. All in all, that forms a significant empirical basis for the conclusion that we cant ignore this issue any longer. In my humble opinion, we should certainly not be diverted by the equality fiends and their bullying tactics from the task of encouraging more integration between communities, whether by reaching out to them ourselves or by reluctantly employing officialdom to help us do so. Its in the interests both of the indigenous people of these islands and recent immigrants to ensure something is done, because a future where society divides into ghettoes is no future at all. bickyboy
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