A house that is being renovated was broken into and left graffitied with a swastika and the word “Jews”.

The antisemitic drawings were sprayed onto the floor of a house in Park Crescent, Elstree, last Sunday (May 8).

The owner of the property says he has yet to live at the house as it undergoes refurbishment and was “shocked” to see the teenagers.

According to the man, he was alerted by his neighbours about the youngsters breaking in and once he was there, he told them to get out.

It was only after the trio left that he noticed the markings.

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He said: “For a kid to think like that, it’s just shocking. We’re not talking about a thirty plus year-old with a chip on their shoulder.

“For a child to think like that is mind boggling.”

He also said that “ignorance is rife still in the UK” and he experiences casual racism towards Jewish people “daily”.

With the act now in the public domain, he hopes there will be justice and punishment, as well as a “bit of education” for those mistreating Jewish people.

Hertfordshire Constabulary says that three males – two aged 17 and one 16 – were detained and arrested on suspicion of radical or religiously aggravated burglary.

They were released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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But police say they are continuing to look into the “offensive graffiti” and the victim says he is happy with how they are conducting the investigation.

The Community Security Trust, a British charity set up to protect the Jewish community, was also made aware and is assisting the family and police.

Dave Rich, the director of policy at the charity, said: “You can only imagine how upsetting and frightening it must have been for a Jewish family to find this disgraceful graffiti within their own home.

“Antisemitism has not gone away and affects the Jewish community every day.

“We are working with Hertfordshire Police to ensure that this crime is fully investigated and we urge anyone with information to contact either the Police or CST.”