NAZI swastikas were sprayed onto a footpath between two Newquay schools in what police have classed as a “hate crime”.
The neon symbols were discovered alongside offensive language on a lane that runs between Treviglas Community College and St Columb Minor Academy.
Police have collected evidence from the scene, including a discarded spray can that will be sent for forensic examination.
Newquay inspector Dave Meredith said: “Devon and Cornwall police take all hate crimes very seriously. I am very concerned and disappointed that such offensive symbols are been sprayed on a footpath so close to two schools and a residential area.”
Officers are calling for anyone with information on the culprits to contact them on 101, quoting crime reference GN/14/243.
Mr Meredith added: “I would appeal to any member of the public who may have information concerning this crime to contact the police at the soonest available opportunity. Information can be supplied to the anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.”