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Grave of enslaved African in Bristol vandalised in ‘retaliation attack’

RACISTS vandalised the grave of an enslaved African man in an apparent “retaliation attack” yesterday after protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. 

The headstone of Scipio Africanus, who lived in the city in the 18th century, was smashed and a message scrawled on a flagstone nearby. 

It read: “Put Colston’s statue back or things will really heat up.”

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees called for the public to refrain from “tit-for-tat” racially motivated attacks. 

“[Scipio’s grave] is an iconic piece of Bristol’s history and that has been smashed in two with a message left scrawled on the floor around that,” he said.

Police said they were investigating a report of criminal damage, which they believed happened between midday on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.

The attack comes two weeks after Black Lives Matter protesters hauled a statue of Colston, who was involved in the enslavement of 80,000 Africans, off its plinth and rolled it into the harbour. 

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