Police are investigating an incident where racist graffiti was sprayed onto a bus stop.

Hertfordshire Constabulary says a victim spotted the racially-aggravated graffiti on a bus stop in Radlett Road in front of the Timberlake Allotments, Watford, on Sunday, July 12, around 10.20pm.

The force says the incident was first reported to Watford Borough Council before police were called.

The graffiti has since been removed by Veolia – a contractor for the council – and an investigation has been launched into the incident.

Officers are now appealing for information and witnesses.

Watford Chief Inspector Matt Phillips said: “Racism will not be tolerated in Watford and we are doing all we can to identify the person who chose to vandalise a bus stop by writing such offensive words.

“Though we do not know exactly when the graffiti was written, we are currently following several lines of enquiry.

"We would be very keen to hear from any person who witnessed the offence taking place, or anyone with further information they believe could assist our investigation.

“We are working closely with our partners at Watford Borough Council, who acted quickly to remove the offensive words.

“If you are reading this and you know who is responsible for the graffiti, please do the right thing. We must work together to challenge and eradicate racial injustice.

“You don’t have to speak directly to police; you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously and the information will never be traced back to you.”

Information can be reported by calling 101, quoting 41/54840/20.