Vandals sprayed graffiti on 13th century wall at Codnor Castle

The search is on to find ‘Beck and Lee’ after their names were graffited on to a 13th century wall of Codnor Castle.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 4:49 pm

Visitors to the heritage site were disgusted after they discovered the vandalism.

A post on the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust Facebook page said: “Anyone know who Beck and Lee are? If so, dial 101 and ask to speak to Derbyshire Constabulary's Rural Crime Team.

"There's no need to feel any loyalty towards them, as they obviously have no loyalty whatsoever to the heritage of this area.

The graffiti at Codnor Castle
The graffiti at Codnor Castle

"We're in regular contact with the Rural Crime and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and we take a zero-tolerance approach to any anti-social behaviour.”

Victoria Hibbert said: “Hopefully they’re found before they ruin anything else as it seems they’re intent on doing as much damage to our heritage as they can.

“They’ll be arriving home with paint on their hands and clothes. Let’s hope they’re caught and shopped.”

Terry Newton said: “I'm disgusted. Through lockdown I was able to enjoy this area more, and will continue to do so. They should be totally ashamed.”

Georgina Louise Hatton said: “I wish people would respect heritage sites. I hope you manage to find the people who did it they should be made to scrub it off.”

Christopher Emmas-Williams said: “Absolutely disgusting, they need to be exposed, someone out there knows who they are please let’s get them before they do anymore damage.”

Baz Gillett said: “I can’t believe something so close to me had been desecrated though. Such a shame.”

Thanks to trustees and volunteers the graffiti has now been cleaned off.

A Trust spokesman said: “The Trust organised a work-party to remove the graffiti from the 13th-century curtain wall.

"Our chairman, Rokia Brown, was ably assisted by passing volunteers, the Smith family and John Hibbert and not forgetting Brienne the dog.

"Our thanks to them all for their help.”

Chris Fowkes said: “Thank you for removing a besmerchment from what I deem as a special place.

"My dad took us here as kids and I will always remember it. Some people have no shame.”

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