A Zimbabwean family was shocked when racist graffiti was left on their house in Rochdale in the UK on the day they moved in.

The Kaseses had just set up in their new house on Saturday and celebrated with a small party and barbecue. Later on in the evening they could hear a 'spraying' noise coming from outside.

When they looked out of the window they said they could see two white men on bicycles making their way away from the property.

The Daily Mail reports that the family called police and it is now being investigated as a hate crime. The Kaseses are now planning to move house as soon as possible, but are defiantly telling their story to raise awareness of racism.

Lilian Kasese, 24, said: 'I think this needs to be told. I have spoken to one or two black people in the area and they said they have experienced similar things. It needs to be told.

'We moved in that day. We were having a barbecue with some family. It was a normal day. Lilian, who recently graduated, said: 'We are moving out as soon as possible. We don't feel safe to stay here.

'This is the first day we moved in to Manchester, we have lived all over the UK. My brother is 18 - he is more shaken. There seems to be some young boys who have done it. He feels like he is in danger.

'We have been in this country for so long, but it feels like back in the day, like it was in the 1930s. It is shocking.'
Inspector Rob MacGregor of GMP's Rochdale District, said: 'This is an absolutely sickening crime, that has deeply upset not just the victims, but local residents who have seen what was written.

'Thousands of people live together across Greater Manchester, from different walks of life, and those who write hateful messages will be dealt with accordingly.

'We are treating this as a hate crime and are working closely with our partners, Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Borough Housing to fully investigate this matter.

'My little brother heard some spraying going on. He went to check and said someone was outside. We looked out and we could see two white guys on bikes getting away.