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Racist graffiti found scrawled on road near Mascuppic Lake at Dracut-Tyngsborough line

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Jun 7, 2021

Photo provided by John Guilfoil Public Relations Racist graffiti was discovered Saturday on County Road near the Dracut-Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, town line. Police are investigating. (Photo provided by John Guilfoil Public Relations)

DRACUT, Massachusetts — Police Chief Peter Bartlett said Sunday his department “will maintain increased vigilance in seeking out potential vandalism activity in town” as officers push their investigation into the racist graffiti found on County Road Saturday evening.

“We denounce any hateful, racist language that targets any group as this type of behavior is disgusting and has no place in our community,” Bartlett said, adding that “we take all reports of hateful actions and racism extremely seriously … .”

Bartlett said the department received a call around 4 p.m. Saturday reporting vandalism at the intersection of County and Indian roads, part of a neighborhood just to the south of Mascuppic Lake near the Dracut-Tyngsborough town line.

Responding officers discovered graffiti, which is hard to read in photos but appears to include the words “racist” and “Blacks.”

The words were scrawled in red across the width of County Road.

Bartlett said the officers searched the area but did not locate anything suspicious or any suspicious individuals.

Police ultimately determined the act occurred sometime overnight Friday into Saturday afternoon.

Bartlett said the incident remains “under active investigation” by Dracut police, and he asks anyone who may have information on the incident to contact the department at 978-957-2123.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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