Staff at Dee Dee’s bar in Herne Hill contacted police after spotting the words “No n******” spray-painted by the bar’s forecourt.
News of the shocking incident spread quickly on social media, with some users naming a teacher at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School as the vandal responsible.
The allegations prompted the independent school’s head to issue a statement in which she categorically denied the claims, saying the “principled, kind and caring” teacher in question had been in another part of the country when the incident is alleged to have taken place.
Sonia Case also suggested images of the graffiti might be “photoshopped”.
“There is no truth in this terrible story, but unfortunately there are already people posting disturbing and threatening messages on Facebook and Twitter,” said a statement shared on Twitter.
“We believe that the picture might have been ‘photoshopped’. If the graffiti was real, it is no longer there and we would wish to know when exactly it was applied and then removed.”
Southwark Council today confirmed the graffiti was real. Contractors painted over the offensive comment around 9am this morning, a spokeswoman said.
The bar’s owner, Brook Anderson, said the CCTV footage showed the incidentapparently taking place in the early hours of Monday morning.
“I’m literally lost for words,” he told the Standard today. “It’s disgusting. I don’t know what the purpose of it was.
“I don’t know why, even if they felt that way, they had to daub that on the front of the bar. I’m shocked.”
Residents are said to have rallied in support of the popular bar, on Herne Hill, and Southwark Council has already repainted the wall to blot out the graffiti.
“Obviously local residents were also offended by it,” said Mr Anderson, 60.
“Yesterday some came over the road with towels and blankets to cover it up.”
Max Williams, a freelance writer and Herne Hill resident who regularly visits the bar, said: “It’s shocking. You don’t expect to see this in 2015, especially somewhere like south London, which is rightly proud of its multicultural and diverse population.
“To write something so crude – it’s like we’ve slipped back to the 1950s.
“In 2015, you want to assume that kind of hatred is consigned to the past.”
Police today confirmed officers were looking into two separate incidents connected the graffiti.
“On May 26 police received an allegation of malicious communications following the circulation of a name on social media in relation to racist graffiti in Herne Hill,” a spokeswoman said.
“Detectives from the Community Safety Unit based in Southwark carried out enquiries and established that the racist graffiti, which has been reported separately to police, had been written on a wall outside a bar in Herne Hill.
“The CSU has not identified the person or persons responsible for both incidents and enquiries continue.”
Source: London Evening Standard