VANDALS have daubed a historic building with graffitti in support of Bury schoolgirl Shukri Abdi.

Cromwell’s cottage on Church Street in Warrington was targeted overnight, with messages in red and blue paint scrawled all across its walls.

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The Tudor building, where Oliver Cromwell is believed to have stayed in 1648, is now used as the Cottage Indian restaurant.

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Graffiti includes the message ‘justice for Shukri Abdi’, the Bury schoolgirl who drowned in a river at the age of 12 in June last year.

Rallies were held across the world last week to mark the anniversary of her death.

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Other phrases include ‘stop raping children’ and ‘gofur dudu zomeer’ – the meaning of the latter being unclear.

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One resident living nearby told the Warrington Guardian: “I went to bed at around 11pm last night.

“I opened the curtains at around 7.30am to see a lot of graffiti on the Cottage."

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Some reports say that the damage was caused at around 5.30am.

Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire Police and the Cottage have been contacted for comment.