A Muslim family who had just moved into their new home were disgusted when ‘racist’ neighbours left a burning crucifix on their doorstep – wrapped in ham.
Police are investigating after the sick housewarming gift was planted outside the property of the shocked family in Nottingham on Tuesday evening.
The homeowner – who does not wish to be named – had been watching television with his 31-year-old wife and two son’s – aged eight and 10 – when there was a knock at his door at around 6.40pm.
But when the 39-year-old answered he was horrified to be confronted by a flaming cross propped up on his doorstep.
It was only on closer inspection that he noticed that the crucifix had been wrapped in ham – which Muslim’s are forbidden to eat.
The family are now scared for their lives after they were targeted by the racist yobs just three weeks after moving in to their new house.
The dad, a bank worker, said: “There was a knock on the door and I went to open it.
“Nobody was there, but the cross was propped up against the door.
“It was alight, and it fell into the house when I opened the door. I noticed sliced ham was tied to it.
“I’m disgusted and shocked. My wife is in bits – she’s very angry and in fear of her life. I don’t want to leave my wife and kids here.”
Neighbours today expressed their shock at the incident.
Sarah Winter, 32, said: “It’s awful. I see the lady walking her kids to school and, as a mum myself, I really feel for her. What a terrible thing to have happened.
“I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never heard of anything like this before.”
Flora Smith, 71 added: “I’m shocked to hear that has happened. I wouldn’t say people in this area are racist at all.
“Putting something like that outside someone’s house is very upsetting and I’m very shocked about it.”
Nottinghamshire Police said they were investigating the incident, and appealed for anyone who may have seen someone running away from the scene to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.