Residents outraged over graffiti on church and public buildings in Keelby
GRAFFITI slogans were daubed on a church and other public buildings in Keelby – outraging residents.
The anarchist and anti-capitalist symbols were painted on to the village primary school, the church, the local Spar shop, the library, the village hall, The Manor entrance on King Street and a number of private homes.
The entrance to St Bartholemew Parish Church had anarchy signs spray painted on both pillars.
The entrance had the words "Arrest 1. Two more replace. You can't arrest an idea."
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Another slogan said: "Make the rich pay."
The village primary school had slogans painted on its side walls promoting anti-capitalism and anarchy.
Church warden Brian Drinkell said: "I am disgusted at what has happened. We have yet to find out a way of taking it off.
"If it is left too long it will etch into the stone, so we need to act quickly."
It is believed that the vandalism took place some time around January 27 and 28.
Mr Drinkell added: "It is all over Keelby. It is political.
"We saw similar slogans on the Anonymous group website when they were doing their protest against the banks in London last year.
"Some youths have clearly copied them."
The warden said he hoped church volunteers would be able to remove the graffiti themselves.
A spokesman for the diocese for Lincolnshire said: "We feel very sorry that someone has felt it necessary to cause this much damage to the church and other buildings around the village.
"The parish has been given expert advice on how best to restore the building, and obviously the cost of cleaning up these graffiti needs to be borne."
The headteacher of Keelby Primary School declined to comment.
PCSO Scott Taylor, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "They are mainly anarchy signs. It is vandalism – it is not art. There are also a few offensive comments.
"We are investigating and hoping we get to the bottom of it."
He urged anyone with information to call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident numbers 146 of January 28 and 136 of January 27.