A RACIST yob who defaced railings with a swastika and support for Adolf Hitler on the 75th anniversary of D-Day has been condemned.

The symbol, the symbol of the Nazi Party, was daubed on the railings with the message “Hitler was a nice guy” while the country remembered the sacrifice of a generation of heroes.

David Harrison, leader of the Wickford Independents Group, said: “It is just vile, especially at this time.

“It is totally unnecessary especially at a time of D-Day celebrations.

“Our war veterans have given so much and some have given their lives for us.

“I don’t understand the mindset of someone who would do this.

“There is no place in society for this sort of thing at all.

“I think the families of our Army veterans will be upset and angry by this.

“It looks like the work of two people, as someone has written it and someone else has added to it, agreeing.

“I think most people would say these people are brain-dead to do this, especially with the D-Day celebrations left right and centre.

“We’ve had so many emotional tributes to the veterans, this is just scandalous.”

An angry resident took to Facebook to post about the vile slur.

He said: “Looks like someone needs a history lesson 75 years on.”

It was also met with anger on social media by other residents.

One said: “We must report this on the Basildon street scene website and they will come and remove it.

“This is the second time something like this has been done, last one was near the railway a couple of weeks ago.”

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day with events including a flypast by Second World War planes on their way France to commemorate the sacrifices made by the heroes who fought for freedom.