Graffiti sprayed on to a Sheffield Christian club has raised fears it has been marked as a target.
Arabic letters were painted on the cross of the sign outside the Catholic Men’s Society Club on Solly Street.
Although the daubing has now been removed - and police say they believe it was carried out by a youth ‘tagging’ - there were concerns that one of the markings looked like the letter Nun - used by militants in Iraq to brand Christian property.
Former parish member Declan Brett, of Handsworth, said: “They don’t know whether it was done by a kid, or part of something organised or happening elsewhere.
“Someone showed a picture to a friend who knows Arabic and he said it meant ‘Christian property’.
“They don’t know if someone is coming back to vandalise the place.”
Police attended and said there was similar graffiti further down the road. There has been no formal complaint.
Inspector Mark Grayling said: “We suspect the graffiti was caused by a young person out ‘tagging’. We are not aware of any similar incidents.”
Nobody at the club was available for comment.