Children upset as their artwork is vandalised
11:57am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Angry: Cllr Roly Hughes by the subway graffiti in Chesterton wgrp1872h13
A COMMUNITY group has hit out at mindless vandals who are attacking several areas around the Chesterton area of Cirencester with graffiti.
Over the past few weeks red graffiti has been spayed on a shelter in the park off Brooke Road, on two sculptures at the Four Acres playing fields off Cotswold close and the subway on Stroud Road.
The Chesterton Community Project, who were involved with the inclusion of the teen shelter, believe the vandalism has been committed by older teenagers from outside the area.
Chesterton Community Project Chairman, Roly Hughes, said: "It is going to ruin what we have achieved and it is going to be a big job to clean this up.
"Children who use the teen shelter have said to us they are ruining our shelter. There are older teenagers who have started to hang out there and the younger ones say they are intimidated by them.They are sure it is the older ones who are doing it."
The project is currently working with Cotswold District Council to clean off the graffiti.
The sculptures, which are of two large wooden totem poles, were designed by a sculptor from Chesterton Primary School, who consulted with pupils on their design.
The council said the sculptures will have to be sanded down and re-varnished as the paint will not come off.
Police are investigating the vandalism and wants to hear from anyone who may be able to help the investigation on 101.
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