A swastika was found graffitied with red paint on a hall of residence popular with Jewish students at the University of Leeds.
The word “Nazi” was also painted beside the swastika on a wall in the Charles Morris Hall building.
The University confirmed that the graffiti, found over the weekend, has been removed.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police reportedly said: “This is being treated as a hate crime and will be investigated accordingly. Officers are working with the university to identify suspects and anyone with information can contact police on 101, or by using the options on the West Yorkshire Police website. The crime reference is 13200552418.”
It is understood that the University suspects that this represented a “one-off indiscriminate act of vandalism by intruders” and that it was “unaware of any direct threats made to anyone living in the halls of residence”. Security patrols have apparently been increased at halls.
If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected].