Man arrested after racist graffiti attacks in Toronto

Image copyright Ontario Provincial Police Image caption Police say graffiti at the Toronto Islamic Cultural Centre in April ‘numerous’ threats Police have arrested a man for painting a church, two mosques and a Jewish…

Man arrested after racist graffiti attacks in Toronto

Image copyright Ontario Provincial Police Image caption Police say graffiti at the Toronto Islamic Cultural Centre in April ‘numerous’ threats

Police have arrested a man for painting a church, two mosques and a Jewish school in Toronto in crude sectarian and anti-Semitic graffiti.

The man is said to have committed anti-Islamic, anti-minority and racist graffiti all at random in the same week in late April.

The man, also known as “Knockout Boy”, was arrested on Wednesday and faces charges of mischief to property, uttering threats and mischief to religious property.

Police said the total estimated cost of the crimes – including money spent cleaning up – was close to $140,000 (£114,668).

Image copyright Ontario Provincial Police Image caption The graffiti at a mosque in Toronto after the vandalism in April

The arrested man is not thought to be a Muslim, according to media reports.

Police said there was no evidence to suggest the man was involved in any type of orchestrated plot to commit “hate-motivated mischief” or was sympathetic to a hate-motivated ideology, the Toronto Star reported.

The graffiti at the church paint mural referring to the Prophet Mohammed, “love is love” and swastikas have since been removed, and rebuilding work to repair the damage done at the Islamic Cultural Centre – at which hundreds of Muslims had to leave the premises – is due to begin later this month.

It is not yet known whether the man will be charged in relation to the damage inflicted on the walls of the Jewish school at the suggestion of the Jewish community.

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