Readers have hit out in disgust at racist stickers which have been posted around South Tyneside.
The Islamophobic and anti-immigration stickers have been found in both Horlsey Hill and South Shields Market Place in recent days.
Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Council have been informed of the stickers, which are appearing on lampposts and bus stop windows.
The far-right group, the North West Infidels, has its logo on some of the stickers, while others appear to be sanctioned by the neo-Nazi organisation Combat 18.
When the Gazette approached the Infidels for a comment, a member of the organisation Tweeted: “I’m glad they’re up and being seen.”
However, Gazette readers have been horrified by the stickers and have taken to out Facebook page to express their views.
Chelsie Jade Boyack posted: “It’s absolutely disgusting that people feel the need to post these stickers, these people should be ashamed of themselves.”
Lianne Douglas stated: “This hate isn’t wanted here!”
Allie Elrick simply wrote: “This is disgusting!!”
Vicky Chisholm added: “This is a scary breed of racist. They can actually spell,they’ll be thinking for themselves next.
Bill Mcdonald had a solution for those responsible for displaying the stickers.”
He suggested: “Those people aren’t wanted in this country. I’d put them on a remote island in the outer Hebrides. They can talk to the sheep about there level of intelligence.”
Police are encouraging the public to report any stickers they may spot in the town.
South Shields Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “This type of literature will not be tolerated in South Shields and anyone caught posting them should expect to be put before the court.
“This material has been removed and anyone who has any information relating to the posters should contact the South Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101