RACIST graffiti targeting Humza Yousaf has appeared near his home in Broughty Ferry.

On Monday, police were alerted to graffiti spray painted on walls and fences in Hamilton Street.

They included the phrase “f*** Islam” and two racist slurs aimed at Pakistani immigrants.

The vandalism, which appeared on at least three houses, has since been removed by Dundee City Council.

A spokesperson for the SNP denounced the graffiti and thanked authorities for their quick response.

“This graffiti was sickening and completely unacceptable, it is a reminder why we need to take a zero tolerance approach to hatred,” they said.

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“We are grateful to the authorities for acting to remove it so quickly because this type of vile, racist language can have a serious impact on the individuals, families, and wider community who are forced to see it.

“Racism has absolutely no place in our society and everyone must play their part to challenge it.

“Scotland is a country where people from all backgrounds can live and raise their families – and they should be able to do so in peace.”

One local resident told The Courier that they thought the graffiti appeared as a form of protest to the Hate Crime and Public Order Act, which came into force in Scotland on Monday.

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“It’s awful what’s been plastered on the walls but I don’t think the timing is a coincidence.

“Whoever has done this is clearly targeting Humza and one of the walls mentioned something about the new law.

“I’ve never seen graffiti moved as fast.

“Workers were out this morning pressure-hosing the walls and painting over the words.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of offensive graffiti on Hamilton Road in Broughty Ferry at around 1.30pm on Monday.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”