A council has been asked to explain why it has swastikas carved into the stonework of its offices.

A Freedom of Information request lodged by a member of the public asked Essex County Council why the “potentially offensive and upsetting” symbols were on the building in Chelmsford.

The carvings on County Hall, built between 1928 and 1939, were made shortly before World War Two.

Reported by the Independent. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.