A COUNCILLOR who fears he was the victim of a racial attack because of his Polish-sounding name is urging people to accept cultural diversity.
Stjepan Krizanac, of Mill Street in Crewe, was sleeping upstairs when vandals used a fire extinguisher to smash his front room window.
The Crewe and Nantwich Borough Liberal Democrat councillor for St John's ward is originally from Croatia, but thinks he won a seat in last month's election because people presumed he was Polish.
Mr Krizanac, 42, explained how he was woken by a loud smash at 2am on Sunday May 21. He said: 'I heard an almighty smash and I thought it was a car accident out-side. I rushed down to my front room and I felt something wet under my feet and I thought a pipe had burst.
'I couldn't see anything but there was a strong smell of acetone. I opened the front door of my house and saw a fire extinguisher. The front window was smashed and glass was all over the floor.
'During the election a lot of people thought I was Polish. I'm not of Polish origin but because my name sounds Polish I think they attacked my house.'
Mr Krizanac was born in Osijek, Croatia, and came to England in 1989 as a missionary for the Church of Latter Day Saints. He decided to stay in this country when his two-year mission came to an end because war had broken out in Croatia.
Mr Krizanac, who works full-time for the Post Office, believes there is increasing animosity between natives and people from other cultures moving to Crewe.
He said: 'There are people in Crewe who might not have got a job because it went to a Polish person. This is creating animosity and hatred which should be stopped straight away.
'Everyone has the right to live in a country that provides equal opportunity.'
Mr Krizanac said he wants to educate people so they can live together in harmony.