Anti-Islamic graffiti was painted on the walls of a building close to the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre in London, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, police were called to a building near the mosque and cultural centre at 11am (GMT) after receiving reports about anti-Islamic slogans being painted on the wall.
“Inquiries are ongoing at this time as part of a full investigation,” said the metropolitan police in a statement, adding that they are working with local authorities to ensure that “the offensive remarks are removed as soon as possible,” the publication added.
The police said: “All members of our communities have the right to go about their daily life without fear of verbal, physical or written abuse. The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination […] we are committed to tackling offences like this as thoroughly as possible,” The Guardian reported.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan denounced the incident, stating he was “disgusted to hear that Islamophobic slogans have been spray-painted near the North Brixton Islamic Centre”.
“Let me be clear: all prejudice is cowardly and criminals will face the full force of the law,” he added.
Disgusted to hear that Islamophobic slogans have been spray painted near the North Brixton Islamic Centre. @metpoliceuk are working with Lambeth Council to have them removed, but let me be clear: all prejudice is cowardly and criminals will face the full force of the law.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 1, 2020