THE city council is working with police to track down the vandals behind anti-Semitic graffiti.

Last week, swastikas were painted in Stoneham Park, on the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, and two days later, on a beach hut in Hove.

Brighton and Hove City Council has denounced the “offensive” graffiti and has pledged resources to prevent repeat attacks.

A spokeswoman said: “We do not tolerate any offensive graffiti in the city and it’s particularly disturbing to see anti-Semitic graffiti on the anniversary of the Holocaust.

“The offensive graffiti had already been removed from Stoneham Park by the time we got there, so a big thank you to the residents who helped with this removal.

“We are working closely with police on this case and have arranged for additional environmental enforcement patrols around the targeted areas to try and prevent repeat attacks.

“Graffiti is an escalating problem in the city. It is vandalism that ultimately costs time and money to put right.”

Residents noticed the Nazi symbols, painted in green and pink, on the Hove beach huts just days after a vandal spray painted the symbol along with the words “Nazis R good” in the children’s play area in Stoneham Park, Hove, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

In both cases, green paint was used and the Swastika was not painted in the usual clockwise form.

Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, said the person behind this “knows exactly how much pain they are causing, not only to Jewish people but to our whole community”.

“I hope they are caught soon,” he added.

The Hove Beach Hut Association Committee also denounced the seafront daubing.

A spokeswoman for the Sussex Jewish Representative Council said they were dismayed to “once again see this poisonous symbol of hate in our city”.

Chief Superintendent Nick May called the Stoneham Park graffiti “a truly awful and hateful offence”.