Call for police crackdown on race-hate wi-fi
POLICE have been urged to come down hard on the owner of a "racist" wi-fi signal which is detectable in an Indian restaurant.
The wireless internet signal — which has been given the name "I hate all p****" — is at its strongest outside Indian restaurant Ginger, in King Street, Carmarthen.
Saydul Haque, 44, a Bangladeshi waiter at the restaurant, said: "Everybody here knows about it, customers with families have been able to see it and even log on to it.
"One person came up and showed me to ask if we knew about it. We think it is really racist."
It is not known where the signal is coming from but it is at full strength at the front door of the restaurant.
Unlike most private wi-fi connections, it is not security locked so anyone can connect to it and use the internet.
Dyfed-Powys Police labelled the incident a hate crime and said it has been aware of it since April.
Taha Idris, chief executive of race relations charity Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council, said it was vital police punished whoever was responsible.
"I am really appalled that anybody should be using this sort of language so publicly," he said.
"It is a case of a racially aggravated public order offence. I will be contacting Dyfed-Powys Police separately."
Asked if he thought police needed to act swiftly to deal with the perpetrator, he said: "Absolutely. This needs to happen.
"It is a moral crime as well as a crime against a person.
"I would like to see Dyfed-Powys Police come down hard on these people."
Staff at the restaurant said police officers have visited them on three occasions in relation to the incident.
No arrests have been made Sergeant Mark McSweeney said: "Hate crimes such as this are not tolerated by Dyfed-Powys Police.
"We take them extremely seriously and ensure each one is thoroughly investigated.
"I would like to reassure the community once again that we are doing all we can to find the person responsible.
"Inquiries to date suggest an insecure router in the vicinity of King Street has had its identifying name maliciously altered.
"At the moment we are waiting to speak to the router manufacturers to see if it's possible to determine who altered the router's name in such a vindictive way, and if that is possible we will do all we can to track down that individual.
"Throughout our inquiry the local community has been very supportive and have assisted us with our inquiries."