The owners of a pub say they are feeling “on edge” after anti-English graffiti was spray-painted on their building. The owners of The Cottage Inn in Llandeilo, Wales, shared the photo of the vandalism on their Facebook page, adding that they would be letting the police know.
The message, which has been labelled as “shocking” by “disgusted” locals, read: “Leave English or die”. The owners shared the photo with the caption: “What can I say? The words say it all.”
After posting the graffiti they were overcome with messages of support from locals, reports WalesOnline, with people arguing that the message does not reflect the views of the community.
In response, the owners said they were “fine but the words are scary and not knowing how far these people will go”. They added that they were “a little on edge at present”.
As well as messages of support the owners were also offered help to paint over the graffiti but while they were thankful they said the police and landlord would need to see it first. One person offered words of support having recently moved from England. They said: “so disgusted seeing this and being new to the area ourselves from England, this makes me very worried by the complete hatred in the area shown to a couple who are just trying to help the community and run a business.
“This is a death threat and should be taken seriously by the police! Hope they get caught and named.”
Another said: “Absolutely disgusting, why anyone would write this on our local pub. Someone obviously has too much time on their hands. Would love to see them get caught and see them on their hands and knees scrubbing the wall.”
Several commented to reassure the owners that the message did not reflect the community. One said: “This has made me sad and angry. I am so sorry. This does not reflect our beautiful homeland and kind, caring, sharing people.”
This isn’t the first time the pub has been targeted. In July this year owners shared that their sign had been stolen, costing them £98 to fix and replace.