More police are out on the streets in Kidderminster after families have been abused and a pet killed.
Officer say racist signs have been put up in Tomkinson Drive and neighbouring Lister Road, while cars have been damaged and a pet rabbit has been killed.
A £2,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers to help track down the offenders following the incidents, which detectives say have escalated over the last 18 months.
The latest happened overnight between Tuesday 29th May and Wednesday 30th May when one of two pet rabbits, which had only just been bought, was found cut up in the garden of one of the families being targeted. The animal had been removed from the hutch where it was kept and after being killed it was left in open view of the house. Another racially offensive sign appeared in an alleyway near the same property overnight between Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June.
Three arrests have been made in the past but there had been insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution.
Detective Inspector Dean Jones is leading the investigation:
“These despicable and mindless offences amount to a hate campaign with no regard for the victims and their wider families – and that includes young children.
“Understandably it has caused considerable distress to the families concerned who are at a loss as to why they should be targeted in the way that they have been. They are desperate for us to get to the bottom of it and we are determined to bring the person or people responsible to justice.
“We are convinced that this is a local issue and that someone in the neighbourhood will know who is responsible for these crimes or has seen something that could help solve this case. I would urge them to come forward now and tell us what they know.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call detectives at Kidderminster CID on 101.