Man arrested over Nazi symbols sprayed on Cardiff landmarks

20 September 2018, 16:13 | Updated: 20 September 2018, 17:08

Heddlu Police officer

A 19-year-old man has been arrested over extreme right-wing graffiti that was sprayed on iconic buildings in Cardiff, including the Welsh Assembly.

The messages and Nazi symbols appeared on buildings along the planned route of an anti-racism event in the capital earlier this year.

Police say the graffiti, which included swastikas and the words 'Nazi Zone', are linked to known extreme right wing groups.

Some of the locations targeted with graffiti included the Welsh Assembly, Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff University.

Detectives from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit arrested a man from Cheltenham on Thursday.

He's being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to incite racial hatred, and conspiracy to commit arson.

Detective Superintendent Jim Hall said: "Officers from Wectu worked with South Wales Police to investigate several instances of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage in the Cardiff area between October 2017 and April 2018.

"The incidents appeared to support an extreme right wing ideology and suggested links to several known extreme right wing groups.

"Today's arrest by Wectu will help to reassure communities that matters like these are taken very seriously and all possible lines of inquiry are fully investigated to identify and prosecute offenders.

"Extremism will not be tolerated within our communities and appropriate action has been taken to address any concerns and risks identified."