An upcoming rally in support of refugees housed at a city hotel is being monitored by the police ahead of a planned event on July 1.

The Stand Up to Racism Norwich group will be holding a community demonstration in support of migrants who are currently being sheltered at the Best Western Brook Hotel in Barnard Road, Bowthorpe.

Norwich Evening News: The Best Western Brook Hotel in Bowthorpe , off the Dereham Road roundaboutThe Best Western Brook Hotel in Bowthorpe , off the Dereham Road roundabout (Image: Newsquest)

It comes amid rising tension in the Costessey area after hateful graffiti saying "migrants out" was spray-painted onto the roundabout through Dereham Road, in the direction facing where the refugees are being housed.

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Norwich Evening News: Inflammatory graffiti saying migrants out spray painted on the Dereham Road roundabout facing the hotel where refugees are being housedInflammatory graffiti saying migrants out spray painted on the Dereham Road roundabout facing the hotel where refugees are being housed (Image: Newsquest)

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Norfolk police has confirmed it is aware of the event, amid reports of an anti-migrant march from a group called East Anglian Patriots, and will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

Norwich Evening News: Raleigh Chiwuta, who moved to the UK as an immigrant in 2001 and is part of the 'Stand Up to Racism Group Norwich'Raleigh Chiwuta, who moved to the UK as an immigrant in 2001 and is part of the 'Stand Up to Racism Group Norwich' (Image: Raleigh Chiwuta)

A police spokeswoman said: "Police are aware of information circulating online around protests taking place on Saturday, July 1 and we are currently monitoring the situation."

Raleigh Chiwuta, part of the anti-racism group planning the rally, said: "Our position has always been to tackle racism and stand up for people, like immigrants and refugees, in their time of need."

Norwich Evening News: Police have said it's aware of information circulating online regarding the rallyPolice have said it's aware of information circulating online regarding the rally (Image: PA Media)