Racist ‘Happy Brexit Day’ Note Tells People To Only Speak English In Block Of Flats
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A 'Happy Brexit Day' notice that was put up in a block of flats in Norwich tells people to speak 'the Queen's English' or 'return to the country they came from'.
A shocking photo of the notice has circulated on social media, with many people branding it racist, following the UK's departure from the EU.
The notice was spotted in the Winchester Tower flats and was seen at 6am on Friday 31 January by a resident, as first reported by the Huffington Post.
A man who asked not to be named told the news outlet that it was taken down by the caretaker of the block. He also added he'd passed the incident on to Norwich City Council, where it was reported as a hate crime to Norfolk Constabulary.
The resident said: "It's heartbreaking not only for those it's directed at but also for the person posting it."
The anonymous author of the notice wrote: "If you do want to speak whatever is the mother tongue of the country you came from then we suggest you return to that place and return your flat to the council so they can let British people live here and we can return to what was once normality before you infected this once great country."
With the image having been shared widely on social media, TV presenter Jake Humphreys - who grew up and later worked in Norwich - posted about the note, writing: "This trending photo from a door in Norwich makes me livid & embarrassed. Norwich is the most tolerant, accepting, loving city I have ever lived in or visited.
"This photo in no way represents our county or city. A racist, bigoted minority will NEVER be tolerated & NEVER prevail."
As reported by the Eastern Daily Press, one 67-year-old resident of the flats said: "When I saw the first poster I was absolutely disgusted. We live in a tower block and for that reason are already looked down upon - this has just made that worse.
"I love living here and I am proud to live here - ordinarily it is a peaceful and lovely place. However, whoever this coward is, they have given everyone else here a bad name."
A Norfolk Police spokesperson told the Huffington Post: "There is no place in society for hatred and intolerance. Nobody should have to face intimidation because of who they are and it is more important than ever that we stand together in the face of hostility. We remain committed to helping people feel safe and secure as they go about their lives.
"The matter is being dealt with as a racially aggravated public order incident and anyone with information which could help officers with enquiries should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 36/7964/20."