Muslim graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti.
Show Racism the Red Card is saddened by the reports over the weekend of racist graffiti on Muslim graves in Newport.
The vandals used white paint to write "Lee Rigby murder", "white power" and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.
They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).
People visiting nearby graves spoke of their disgust and shock at seeing the painted messages, which were still wet this morning.
Julie Thomas and her 89-year-old aunt Elfriede Robinson were visiting the grave of Mrs Robinson's husband George nearby.
"I think it's absolutely disgusting," said Mrs Thomas, 51, who lives in Christchurch.
"These people are dead and gone now, what is the point? It is the ultimate disrespect. What's next? My aunt is quite upset by the swastikas, she is German and has lived here for 60 years."
Paul Hemmings, 46, who had driven more than 200 miles from London with his wife to visit his father's grave, said he had never been so angry after seeing the messages.
"I am embarrassed to be white and to be British," said Mr Hemmings, who is originally from Newport. "These moronic buffoons ought to be ashamed of themselves. What has religion got to do with absolutely anything? Islamophobia has gone far too far, you can't be Christian if you are doing this."
Superintendent of Newport cemeteries, Charles Dare, said there are six Muslim plots in St Woolos cemeteries and apart from an incident 20 years ago when the headstones were pushed over, nothing like this has happened before.
Newport council's graffiti team were trying to remove the messages when Gwent Police arrived at the scene, around noon yesterday.
A police spokesman said: "We are working with the council to get the graffiti removed and contacting the relatives of the graves that have been affected."
Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101
Source: South Wales Argus