Police hunt racist graffiti vandals in Midland

The swastika at Midland Gate Shopping Centre.
The swastika at Midland Gate Shopping Centre.

SHOPPERS arrived at Midland Gate yesterday to find a swastika and white paint on the carpark asphalt saying “white lives matter”.

After being notified of the vandalism, Midland Police asked the City of Swan to have the ill-drawn swastika and words removed.

Midland Senior Sergeant Craig Davis said the Midland Local Policing Team organised for the graffiti to be removed within 24 hours.

“Police are investigating the matter, but this is the first type of racially motivated graffiti in this area,” he said.

Snr-Sgt Davis called for assistance from anyone who knew the offenders.

“These types of offences will not be tolerated and come with a penalty of up to 14 years’ imprisonment,” he said.

In a second incident overnight, racist graffiti was placed on Great Eastern Highway, Woodbridge, near the corner of Second Avenue.

The words “white lives matter” were written on the road in white paint. The City of Swan cleaned up the graffiti as soon as it was reported.

Snr-Sgt Davis said it appeared to be part of an isolated incident, with the same handwriting.

“When I say isolated, whether it’s in one location or four, it’s the same person writing these slogans,” he said.

“This is racism and I ask anyone with any knowledge of who is doing this to contact me immediately as the penalties for racism are very high.”

Two years ago in Midland, stickers were placed in the carpark at Midland Gate inviting residents to join a Blood and Honour forum for discussions on white power, skinheads and music groups that were planned to play on Anzac Day in Perth.

The group responsible for those stickers faced court in 2014.

The Blood and Honour group took its name from the Hitler youth, called Blut and Ehre, which means blood and honour.

The group has operated outside Australia since 1993, and was formed in Melbourne to facilitate a concert in honour of the white power band Skrewdriver.

British Singer Ian Donaldson formed the band but died in 1993 in a car accident in the UK.

Since then smaller chapters of the group have formed in Britain, Germany and Australia.

The group is believed to have been formed to honour their hero, Adolf Hitler.

Snr-Sgt Davis said there was no indication the work in Midland Gate had anything to do with the same political groups.

He said the incidence of racism in the area was rare and his officers would jump on it as soon as it occurred.