Poland’s Ambassador to the UK has visited Hammersmith and the Polish Centre which was daubed with xenophobic graffiti in the wake of the Brexit referendum result .
Witold Sobków dropped into the Polish and Social Cultural Association (POSK) with Communities Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford and Minister for Countering Extremism Lord Ahmad to meet and discuss the effect of the racist criminal damage, which was sprayed onto the front of the King Street building on Sunday (June 26).
They were given a tour of the building and also discussed how such acts could be prevented in the future.
Speaking after the incident in Hammersmith Mr Sobków had said: “We would like to thank for all the messages of solidarity with Poles in the UK. We are deeply moved by the show of sympathy both online and locally at the Polish centre in Hammersmith.
“We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community and other UK residents of migrant heritage.
“Embassy is in contact with relevant institutions, and local police are already investigating the two most widely reported cases in Hammersmith, London, and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
“At the same time, we would like to thank for all the messages of support and solidarity with the Polish community expressed by the British public.
“We call on all Polish nationals who fall victim of xenophobic abuse and on all witnesses to report such incidents to local authorities.”
And commenting after race hate crime, Joanna Mludzinska, chair of POSK London, said in a statement: “We were very disturbed and upset this morning to find really unpleasant graffiti all across the front of our building when our staff came in.”
According to Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter , POSK was founded by members of the Polish community who fought with Britain against Nazis in the Second World War. It promotes Polish culture and art and houses the Library of Poland in London.
Since the attack members of the community have come out in support and solidarity with the centre and its users.
Police also said it would step up patrols as a result of the vile graffiti.
All photos featured in video above by Marcin Mazur.