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Shocking racist campaign to force white mum out of home

2015-02-22 00:16:27

A mother has been become the victim of a racist campaign after her front door was covered with faeces and a letter posted through saying her home was "for black sisters and brothers".

Sammie Sunter was staggered to find the note also had a drawing of a gun on it and a racial slur for a white person, while graffiti was also sprayed across her front door.

Miss Sunter, 24, made the shocking discovery just days after moving into her new flat in Willenhall, Coventry, with her two young boys.

According to the Coventry Telegraph , the note also states that "Willenhall is black so f*** off", while the word "Oyinbo" which is Nigerian slang for a white person, was also written.

West Midlands Police is treating the attack as racially aggravated criminal damage and said the incident was being taken "very seriously".

Sammie SunterShocked: Sammie, with sons Harvey and Oscar could not believe the abuse

Housing association Whitefriars, which owns the flat, has confirmed there has also been a "previous incident" at the address.

Sammie, who lives with sons Harvey Anderson, two, and Oscar Rock, five, said: "I had to explain racism to my five-year-old.

"It's just not acceptable.

"I said that it looked like whoever was responsible was African.

"He wanted to know why they hated us.

Sammie SunterThreats: Several warning notes were posted through her door

"He didn't really understand.

"If we are equal what gives the person responsible the right to do that?

"I told him that whoever was responsible was going to get punished, but who knows if that will happen."

Hairdresser Sammie has now found a new property and is getting ready to move in.

She said she has lived in Willenhall for 15 years and has never experienced anything like this before.

Sammie SunterVandalism: Sammie's door was covered in paint

"These people make Willenhall out to be some sort of ghetto," Sammie said.

"They say it's their area but it's really not – there's a little old white man living in the flat below.

"The whole point of this is that it's not right.

"I'm not going to sit there and take it.

"I had to have a police escort away from my property and I knew I was being watched.

Sammie SunterDemand: Sammie was forced to move home due to the threats

"You hold your head up high but it's disgusting.

"Whitefriars were the first people I rang when this happened and when I spoke to someone they said they didn’t think it would happen again.

"I think they have allowed this to happen.

"If it’s happened before, and they have neglected to tell me, then they have put me and my children in danger."

Police have made door-to-door inquiries while forensics experts are studying the note.

Sammie SunterChilling: One of the racist notes said the flats were for black people only

Officers are also liaising with Whitefriars.

Carmel McCarthy, director of housing and neighbourhood services, said: “There had been a previous incident reported at the property, which we passed on to the police for investigation.

“We closely monitor these events and in this case it appeared to be a one-off incident.

“As soon as Ms Sunter drew this incident to our attention, we offered her another home, which she will be moving into shortly.

“We have been working closely with Ms Sunter and the police on this incident and will continue to do so.”


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