POLICE have launched an investigation after offensive graffiti was painted on a wall near a Wirral school.

At around 6.30am on Sunday, a report was received of offensive messages being painted onto a wall in Love Lane, close to Park Primary in Wallasey.

Community Policing Inspector Paul Harrison said: "Graffiti of this nature causes stress and inconvenience to businesses and residents, and we strongly condemn any messages which have the potential to incite hatred in our communities.

"We had a number of reports from understandably concerned residents and the graffiti has now been removed.

"We're keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone carrying out this repulsive criminal damage, or anyone who has seen, heard or recorded disturbances or anti-social behaviour in the area in recent days.

"Our enquiries are ongoing and we’ll act on any information received to find those responsible."

A council spokesperson said: "This incident was handled in accordance with our policy on offensive graffiti which states that our contractor will ‘visit the location within 24 hours (Monday - Friday) of receiving the report to remove the offending graffiti.

"If the graffiti cannot be removed every reasonable attempt will be made to obscure the offensive writing until complete removal can be arranged at a later date." 

"I can confirm that the offensive messaging has now been removed.”

Anyone with information can contact police via @MerPolCC, 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information, providing reference number 0224 of October 18.