Police Investigate 'Vile' Graffiti Attack on Chinese Takeout as a Hate Crime

Police in the U.K. said they are investigating a graffiti attack on a Chinese takeout restaurant amid the coronavirus outbreak as a hate crime.

"F*** China" and "we don't want you here, f*** off" was sprayed outside the Tin Sing restaurant in Dudley, U.K. this week, the Birmingham Mail reported.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek that they are investigating the incident as a hate crime. The spokesperson said officers would be contacting the owner of the restaurant and will make sure they are "appropriately safeguarded."

"We are investigating a hate crime after racist graffiti was sprayed on the walls of a Chinese takeaway restaurant on the High Street in Quarry Bank, Dudley," the police spokesperson said.

"CCTV enquiries are ongoing to determine when the graffiti appeared and the owner will be spoken to and appropriately safeguarded. We will not tolerate this kind of crime and will do all we can to find those responsible."

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Closure signs are seen outside a Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown on March 21, 2020 in London, England. Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Dudley Council sent officials to paint over the graffiti on Wednesday morning. Councillor Laura Taylor, who is responsible for community safety, said the graffiti was "vile and offensive" and racism would not be tolerated.

"We will not tolerate racism in our borough. As soon as we were made aware of this vile and offensive graffiti we arranged for it to be immediately painted over," she said in a statement to Newsweek. "More than ever it is important that our communities are united during this incredibly challenging time for us as a nation. It is only through working together that we can help to tackle the spread of coronavirus."

The incident comes amid a reported rise in attacks and discrimination against Asian people during the coronavirus outbreak, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

Earlier this month, a doctor claimed he was shouted at and told to leave a gas station in Indiana in what he believes was a racially motivated incident linked to the pandemic.

In another incident late last month, an Asian man was targeted while waiting at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York City. The suspect allegedly spat on the victim and yelled: "You f*****g Chinese, spreading the coronavirus. You people got the virus."

A number of officials have condemned President Donald Trump and other political figures for referring to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan virus" saying it creates a stigma around Asian communities and fuels such attacks.

This infographic, provided by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 around the world as of April 15.

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A graphic provided by Statista shows the global spread of the new coronavirus as of early April 15. About two million people have been afflicted, over a quarter of whom have recovered and over 128,000 of whom have died. Statista

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