TWO teenage boys were arrested on Tuesday, November 8, after a mural celebrating Welsh Caribbean culture in Port Talbot was defaced with Nazi Graffiti.
The mural was part of the ‘Street Art Trail’ created by the ARTWalk group.
Group member, Derek Davies, spoke to highlight Port Talbot’s “real loving side”.
He added: “We at ARTwalk Port Talbot will not be intimidated by people whose thoughtless intentions are to try and undermine the good work that groups like ourselves, have done in bringing local communities together.”
South Wales Police confirmed at the time of the incident that they were investigating the “despicable hate crime”.
Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of racially and religiously aggravated criminal damage, according to South Wales Police.
The youngsters, from Port Talbot and Tonyrefail, have been taken to Bridgend’s Queens Road police station to be questioned.
According to police, a number of properties are currently being searched.
Superintendent Stephen Jones said: “Hateful behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated.
Local residents continue to create an up roar on Facebook and other platforms, in hopes that it will change the attitude of the youngsters in question, and anyone who feels like this is appropriate behaviour.
Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, commented: “The disgusting racists who defaced this lovely mural are the lowest of the low.
“The community still continues to respond with kindness and that represents the true spirit of our community.”