The graffiti was discovered on the side of the Heaton Mosque and Islamic Centre on Friday morning, ChronicleLive reports.
“This is an outrageous attack on our community,” thundered local councillor John-Paul Stephenson, of the Labour Party.“Heaton is well-loved for its diversity,” he added.
“This attack goes against everything we stand for. Councillors will be meeting with the mosque to discuss this and offer the support we can. Attacks like this will not be tolerated in our community.”
Similar incidents involving Islamic religious institutions and pork products, which the publicly-funded BBC and other British media outlets have taken to calling “bacon hate crime”, are usually prosecuted with particular severity.
35-year-old Kevin Crehan, for example, was sentenced to a year in prison for leaving bacon sandwiches outside the Jamia Mosque in Bristol in 2016.
He was found dead in his prison cell partway into his sentence, after what investigators deemed to be a suspected drug overdose.