Police have launched an investigation after Nazi graffiti was daubed on walls across a former mining village.
Officers say the community has been left 'outraged' by the swastikas in Easington Colliery, County Durham.
The Nazi-style daubings, in white paint, have been made in at least five locations over the past few days.
Inspector Vince Addison, of Easington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "There is obviously an offence of criminal damage but this is particularly unsavoury and unpleasant.
"I know that the people of Easington will be as outraged as I am to see these unpleasant signs in their village.
"We ask people to speak to us, in confidence if they wish, so that we can stop this happening and identify those responsible."
Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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