Police were “horrified” to find swastikas sprayed on signs urging people to stay at home and protect the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.
A number of yellow “car park closed” signs along the coast between Seaton Sluice and Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, were attacked overnight by vandals.
At least five locations over two miles were attacked, including a sign saying “Car park closed, stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives”.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Whilst on patrol in the Blyth Road, Whitley Bay area, one of our special constables was horrified to come across two swastikas spraypainted on to car park closure signs at the car park approaching St Mary’s Lighthouse.”
The force urged anyone with information to send details to the Report an Incident section of the Northumbria Police website.
Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure at North Tyneside Council, said: “We are very disappointed that we have had to redirect council resources to remove this highly offensive graffiti from two car park signs in Whitley Bay, at a time when all our staff are working flat out in response to the current crisis.”