‘Horrific’ anti-Semitic graffiti at the South Molton skate park has been condemned by the council and police.

Town clerk Andrew Coates said the words spotted on a fence at Central Park on bank holiday Monday were appalling.

He added: “When I heard about it on the Monday I went over and painted it over myself straight away.

“It’s a police investigation as a hate crime because it is so awful. It’s just not something that is expected in South Molton.”

Mr Coates said the words had been on the wooden fence of the skate park, facing the main park.

He said the council would not tolerate it and was looking at various measures to be manage the area.

He said one option being discussed was to demolish a shelter that was partly hidden away and where youths tended to gather.

PC Graham James of South Molton policing team said: “This graffiti is very distressing for all concerned and is certainly not something that I would expect to see anywhere, least of all in our lovely market town of South Molton.

“We take offences like these very seriously and we are pursuing lines of enquiry to identify those responsible.

“We have a very close and sound working relationship with the town council and our educational establishments and will continue to do so. I have to say, it is pleasing to see that our colleagues at the council reported the matter swiftly and were able to cover over the offensive remarks within a few hours of it being noticed.

“There have been other reports of anti-social behaviour in the area so it has been decided, in conjunction with the town council, to remove the blue metal shelter from the location in its entirety.”

If you saw anything or have any information, call police on 101, quoting crime reference CR/039218/18.