A dad who was taking his four-year-old son to the park was left disgusted after discovering racist graffiti.
Derice Richards took his son Walter Jude Richards to Barony Park in Nantwich on Saturday evening for a bike ride.
But when they arrived, Derice – a footballer for Crewe FC – was shocked to find KKK (Ku Klux Klan) with a smiling face scrawled across part of the skate park at the sports complex.
Speaking to Cheshire Live, Derice, who is the podcast host of Can I Kick It, said: “Seeing the graffiti was unwelcoming.
“My son was oblivious and was having a great time with his brother but seeing him run right past the graffiti was saddening and quite poignant.
“It shows that somewhere someone’s child feels like this is funny, that this isn’t obscenely offensive.”
Derice, who lives in Willaston, said he couldn’t alert staff to the graffiti due to part of the park being shut following the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “With the Barony being shut we couldn’t alert the staff there, we felt it would be excessive to call the police so tried to reach out to them via their Facebook but that wasn’t an option.
“I shared the post later that evening on social media and by the morning the graffiti had been removed, which was testament to the overwhelming response from the community.”
Derice took the picture of his son next to the racist scribbling to bring the issue to light.
He said: “I felt it was a good opportunity to bring to light the issues with it.
“In small towns like this it’s easy to by-stand and think these things don’t affect us.”
The incident comes as countries across the world protest in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the killing of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.