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Ratepayers land bill for graffiti removal in Chester

Published date: 11 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CRUDE graffiti daubed onto ancient Roman bridges at a Chester beauty spot has been removed – at a cost of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer.

In an article in the Leader in September, it was revealed that the Roman Bridges at the Hockenhull Platts Nature Reserve, between Waverton and Tarvin, had been desecrated by vandals who  daubed with the word ‘Weed’.

However, work has now been completed to remove the offensive graffiti from the ancient bridges, which date back as early as the 12th and 13th centuries.

The cost of doing could be as high as £1,500.

Cheshire West and Chester Council spokeswoman Shirley Wingfield: “The graffiti had to be carefully removed by a stonemason over a period of two days.

“There are areas of the bridge where you can still faintly see the grafitti. The reason for this was that, as the stonemason was cleaning the bridges, the walls began to break down.

“Once the moss and lichen grows back however, it will no longer be visible.”

Two youths were spoken to by police in relation to the incident, which was classed as a heritage crime, and, as part of restorative justice in place in Tarvin, the two youths wrote a letter of apology to the local community.

The bridges, initially along a Roman road, were repaired in the 14th century by Richard, the Black Prince, and are a popular attraction for local walkers and tourists.

The vandals also targeted the local scout hut which only reopened last year after more than a decade out of action.

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