English Heritage help to remove racist graffiti from Wakefield monument

Dr Keith Souter with the graffiti has been daubed on Sandal Castle.
Dr Keith Souter with the graffiti has been daubed on Sandal Castle.
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RACIST graffiti has been scrawled over Sandal Castle.

The historical ruins have been defaced with the words ‘Islam will dominate the world’ and ‘kill all the kuffars’.

And the vandals struck on December 29, the eve of the 551st anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield.

Police have launched a full investigation into the graffiti attack which has shocked the Sandal community.

Coun Nadeem Ahmed, who also works as a religious education teacher, said the term ‘kuffar’ had many different meanings.

He said: “My own personal understanding of it is it refers to someone who has no religion or no belief, an atheist.

Sandal Castle is like a second home to everyone in this community. Whoever has done this has disrespected the people of Wakefield and the history of Wakefield.

“But unfortunately there are some disgusting people around and they should be made an example of.”

Author Dr Keith Souter has written many works about the castle, which was the site of the Battle of Wakefield, and he is also a member of the Friends of Sandal Castle group.

He said: “It’s a great shame that a monument of such historical importance has been spoiled.”

Wakefield Council has been working alongside English Heritage to remove the thick, white paint from the Grade II listed remains.

Ben Cook, service manager for markets and tourism, said: “The castle is a scheduled ancient monument and plays a key role in the heritage of the area and it is very disappointing to see it vandalised.

“We are working to remove the graffiti as quickly as possible and will have a specialist team on site shortly.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.