A £1,000 reward has been offered to help find and charge those responsible for a spate of "hurtful, racist and bigoted graffiti" appearing in public spaces across Greenwich.

The borough has seen a shocking rise in hateful, racist graffiti over the past year, with several high-profile graffiti attacks on street furniture, public walls, residential fencing, roads and public underpasses.

It is believed one particular perpetrator, who is affiliating themselves with a far right-wing group, is responsible and is using the tag NF,

Crimestoppers, working with Greenwich Council and local police, are now pledging to pay a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the person or people involved in this crime.

They say the racist graffiti is not only incredibly disturbing for local residents and hurts the worldwide reputation of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, it is also a hate crime.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at Crimestoppers, said: “Royal Greenwich, like the rest of London and the UK, will not tolerate hurtful, racist and bigoted graffiti appearing in public areas and spaces of the borough.

"We take this very seriously and are determined to help find out who is involved so that we can put a stop to whoever is writing these shocking, hateful messages."

Mr Loukas urged anyone with information who may not want to speak to police to get in touch with Crimestoppers, who never take personal details and keep callers 100% anonymous.

“Racist graffiti is illegal and is designed to scare and intimidate, and to stir up racial hatred. But we know how important community cohesion is which is why I’m urging anyone with information who may not want to speak directly to the police to remember that Crimestoppers, as a charity, is here to help."

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The graffiti has been targeted on spaces across Greenwich, sprawling messages of hate, and has even hit roads and streets leading up to and around the A2, such as on public underpasses.

In another high-profile case, "sickening" antisemitic graffiti in the form of swastikas and a Celtic Cross were found painted onto the front of local businesses.

Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, said: "We value and celebrate diversity in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are firmly committed to tackling hate, intolerance, and discrimination.

"We are working with the police and the charity Crimestoppers to find those responsible for these hateful and racist acts. Everyone in the borough has a part to play in the fight for tolerance and equality – if you have any information, please report it anonymously to Crimestoppers."

If you know who is behind the racist graffiti appearing in Royal Greenwich, please help by speaking up 100% anonymously when you tell our charity what you know.

Visit Crimestoppers-uk.org and fill in our simple and secure anonymous online form or call our 24/7 UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111.